Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🍔 ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
👪 The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
👪 The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.
📄 ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Top Local News Headlines

These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

To Go Stores to pay $125K civil penalty for environmental violations in Puerto Rico

Published 25 January 2022, 5:04 am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement between the United States and To Go Stores, LLC., that will resolve alleged violations of federal environmental laws at 15 gas stations in Puerto Rico. The company will pay a $125,000 civil penalty as part of the agreement. Underground storage tanks owned and/or operated by To Go […] Read More →

FEMA assigns $554M+ to rehab Puerto Rico’s public housing facilities

Published 25 January 2022, 5:03 am
About 275 public housing complexes representing more than 4,600 facilities and structures that suffered damage due to Hurricane María will be rebuilt with an obligation approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The federal share of more than $554 million to the Puerto Rico Public Housing Administration is in addition to another $109 million […] Read More →

LMM Airport operator, tenants to host job fair to fill 450+ positions

Published 25 January 2022, 5:02 am
Given the labor shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Aerostar Puerto Rico, together with the businesses established at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, will hold a job fair Feb. 1-2, seeking to recruit more than 450 new employees. The hiring event will take place on the second level of Terminal D, near the airport […] Read More →

Fundación Triple-S invests in 6 projects to work with food security, social isolation

Published 25 January 2022, 5:01 am
Fundación Triple-S announced it will support six initiatives that work with different low-income vulnerable populations, who live alone, have chronic conditions, and need support with food security and emotional wellbeing. Fundación Triple-S is investing approximately $150,000 and will be channeled through a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have experience in addressing social problems in […] Read More →

5 nonprofits partner with Medtronic Foundation for new STEM programs in Puerto Rico

Published 25 January 2022, 5:00 am
Five nonprofits that either operate in or have ties with Puerto Rico have signed up for multi-year partnerships with the Medtronic Foundation to serve underserved and underrepresented K-12 students. The partnerships address the root cause of persistent inequities by creating opportunity for economic advancement and improving lives through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. […] Read More →

World Travel & Tourism Council to host Sustainability and Investment Forum in San Juan

Published 24 January 2022, 5:05 am
The next edition of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Sustainability and Investment Forum will take place in San Juan June 14, gathering world leaders in the field to analyze the challenges facing the sector. At a press conference in Spain, during the International Tourism Fair in Madrid (FITUR 2022) Puerto Rico Tourism Co. and […] Read More →

Puerto Rico received $392M from USDA Rural Dev’t in ’21

Published 24 January 2022, 5:04 am
The USDA Rural Development allocated nearly $392 million to Puerto Rico in 2021 “to help ensure that rural residents and businesses have equitable access to housing, health care, economic development, and other essential services,” agency Under Secretary Xochitl Torres-Small announced. The funding came during the first year of the Biden-Harris administration. Luis R. García, acting […] Read More →

Op-Ed: Neuromarketing, the revolution of emotions

Published 24 January 2022, 5:02 am
Emotions and consumers are an inseparable couple, but what is the real importance of emotions in the decision-making process? Are they always present or only in some products’ purchase process? Are companies gathering the appropriate information from the precise sources and with the appropriate technology? Neuromarketing has come to definitively stay in the market research […] Read More →

Discover Puerto Rico introduces ‘Puerto Rico Sunshine’ pantone color

Published 24 January 2022, 5:01 am
Discover Puerto Rico announced its partnership with the Pantone Color Institute to create a first of its kind color inspired by the hue of Puerto Rican sunlight. “Puerto Rico Sunshine,” a color created by Pantone, was developed based on the findings of Puerto Rican physicist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico Hector J. […] Read More →

Puerto Rico-based Hallo chosen to compete in 9th Annual Startup of the Year Summit

Published 24 January 2022, 5:00 am
Puerto Rico-based Hallo has been chosen as one of the Top 100 startups to compete and participate in the 9th Annual Startup of the Year Summit Jan. 25-27 in the Tampla, FL innovation hub. The three-day event is powered by Established with Host Partner, Embarc Collective, and presented by title Sponsor, ReliaQuest, organizers said. Startup […] Read More →

El Portal de El Yunque reopens after $18.1M in repairs

Published 21 January 2022, 5:05 am
El Portal de El Yunque has reopened nearly five years after Hurricane María destroyed it, following an $18.1 million investment by the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The recovery project has “a new focus on collaborative management with non-governmental organizations and broader community integration,” the agency stated. The project, which took 30 months to […] Read More →

FEMA has OK’d 9K+ Hurricane María recovery projects in Puerto Rico

Published 21 January 2022, 5:04 am
The recent number of projects that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated to the government of Puerto Rico has exceeded 9,100, representing more than $25.9 billion in federal funds for the island’s recovery after Hurricane María, the agency stated. Hundreds of projects have already been completed while others are in the bidding and […] Read More →

Popular launches new way to apply for business credit

Published 21 January 2022, 5:03 am
SPONSORED POST Popular announced today the launch of a new digital platform where small business owners can apply for loans and lines of credit in an agile and convenient way. The platform includes an innovative, secure system designed so that customers can manage and check the status of their application online at any time, simplifying […] Read More →

CEMEX Puerto Rico renews contract with Ports Authority for 20 yrs.

Published 21 January 2022, 5:02 am
CEMEX Puerto Rico has renewed its leasing contract for the facilities that it uses in San Juan’s Pier 16 for another 20 years, Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel Pizá announced. “The renewal of the contract to extend operations responds to the government’s vision to promote and implement recovery efforts efficiently and effectively, capitalizing […] Read More →

MCS inaugurates 1st Health Services Clinic in Corozal

Published 21 January 2022, 5:01 am
MCS recently established an alliance with the Plaza del Carmen Diagnostic and Treatment Center to inaugurate its first Excellence Clinic in Corozal. This urgent care center in the island’s central region will serve a population of around 250,000 people in Corozal and neighboring towns. In addition to the laboratory, urgent care room, pharmacy, vaccination, radiology […] Read More →

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