Executive Order EO-2021-075 (updated 15 Nov 2021)
📄 EO-2021-075 was issued on 15 Nov 2021, and is effective immediately
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🆔 The requirement to show proof of vaccination, or negative test results for lodging, restaurants, etc (as detailed below) will apply to kids aged 5 to 11 years beginning 15 January 2022.
🏟️ All attendees at large events must show proof of vaccination. If the event venue chooses to admit people who are not fully vaccinated (but show a negative test result instead), then the capacity of the venue will be limited to 50%. Kids aged 5 to 11 must provide negative test results (until 01 Feb 2022, at which point they will need to be vaccinated).
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 15 Nov 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show 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. 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. Effective 16 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show 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. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documentation to access their facility. This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) Vacu-ID issued by the Government of Puerto Rico in the CESCO app on your mobile device, (c) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (d) 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 un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Top Local News Headlines

These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Frontier Airlines’ new flights to generate $32M for Puerto Rico

Published 1 December 2021, 5:05 am
Low-fare carrier Frontier announced new nonstop flights from Boston and Hartford, CT to Puerto Rico, connecting not only the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (LMM), but the Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla as well.   The start of the airlines’ operations in Aguadilla, which will run year-round, will have an impact of about $3.9 million, […] Read More →

BASED launches platform to ‘support, inspire and inform a better Puerto Rico’

Published 1 December 2021, 5:04 am
Puerto Rico’s growing start up and entrepreneurial ecosystem is now supported by a comprehensive resource guide called BASED. Founded by young Puerto Rican entrepreneur Gustavo Diaz-Skoff, BASED is a subscription-based digital platform and quarterly magazine that provides aspiring entrepreneurs, changemakers and business leaders the tools, resources, and inspiration to build a better Puerto Rico. “I […] Read More →

Practical Techie: Is artificial intelligence deciding who gets a top job?

Published 1 December 2021, 5:03 am
Automation has turned the corner far enough to reach the pile of resumes of job seekers sitting atop the desk of a typical human resources executive. The crucial document is being screened at present time by artificial intelligence (AI) before it even reaches the hands of the top recruitment decision-makers. In reality, it’s two technologies […] Read More →

ATH Móvil for Puerto Rico generates $200K+ in donations to nonprofits

Published 1 December 2021, 5:02 am
Evertec announced the results of its fundraising initiative, “ATH Móvil for Puerto Rico,” which drove thousands of Puerto Ricans to donate via ATH Móvil’s “donate” feature, resulting in more than $200,000 raised for local nonprofit organizations. WAPA TV joined the initiative with the support of its programs and celebrities, along with dozens of influencers who […] Read More →

Culebra launches Basura Cero solid waste management program

Published 1 December 2021, 5:01 am
The island municipality of Culebra announced the start of the first phase of its Basura Cero (Zero Waste) program, which Mayor Edilberto Romero described as “a comprehensive plan to manage solid, non-hazardous waste.” The program is backed by medical device manufacturer Medtronic, which will be sponsoring about 20 trips that will enable the removal some […] Read More →

CGI’s disaster recovery IT, data management services contract extended

Published 1 December 2021, 5:00 am
Technology firm CGI today announced the government of Puerto Rico has awarded it a contract for ongoing disaster recovery IT services as part of the Commonwealth’s continued rebuilding effort following hurricanes Irma and María. The financial terms of the contract were undisclosed. “CGI and the government of Puerto Rico have forged a vital partnership to […] Read More →

Gov’t unveils plans for $118M Bahía Urbana project in Old San Juan

Published 30 November 2021, 5:05 am
The Puerto Rico government announced the start of work to rebuild and develop the new Bahía Urbana through an agreement with the Convention District Authority, and a private investment of $118 million that will create more than 180 jobs during its construction and 250 once it is in operation. For this project, Las Brisas Property […] Read More →

CNE to host annual conference to ‘reimagine Puerto Rico’s future’

Published 30 November 2021, 5:04 am
The Center for a New Economy (CNE) will hold its annual conference, the Growth Policy Summit 2021, when it will address Puerto Rico’s economic growth from different perspectives with the input of leaders in education, philanthropy, fiscal affairs, and economics. The Growth Policy Summit will be held Dec. 3 at the Sheraton Hotel in the […] Read More →

Direct Relief, Abbvie grant $1.9M to improve rural drinking water systems

Published 30 November 2021, 5:03 am
Direct Relief, with the support of pharmaceutical company AbbVie, awarded a $1.9 million grant to nonprofit organization Por los Nuestros — dedicated to providing renewable energy solutions, advocacy for communities and public health — to install renewable energy systems in 25 rural aqueducts in communities without drinking water service. The Anones Maya rural community aqueduct […] Read More →

SBA, Inclusiv partner to boost access to capital for ‘smallest of small businesses’

Published 30 November 2021, 5:02 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Inclusiv today entered into a two-year Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to increase access to credit and capital for small businesses in underserved areas and enable microenterprise development in Puerto Rico. SBA Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands District Director Josué E. Rivera and Inclusiv President Cathie Mahon signed […] Read More →

Medtronic to host job fairs in Puerto Rico’s southeast

Published 30 November 2021, 5:01 am
The largest medical device manufacturing company in Puerto Rico announced a series of job fairs with which it seeks to recruit hundreds of employees for their plants in Juncos, Ponce and Villalba. The third fair will be held Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wilnelia Merced Activity Room in Caguas. The […] Read More →

MCS Foundation to sponsor workshop for other nonprofits

Published 30 November 2021, 5:00 am
To support its peers, the MCS Foundation will sponsor a free workshop for other local nonprofits, when it will unveil a new virtual fundraising platform offering the possibility of reaching the Puerto Rican diaspora in the US mainland. The workshop, titled “Building Resilience Through Philanthropic Innovation,” will be held via Zoom Dec. 2 at 3 […] Read More →

Puerto Rico employers have until Nov. 30 to request Christmas bonus payment exemption

Published 29 November 2021, 5:03 am
Puerto Rico’s private-sector employers have until Nov. 30 to file a Christmas bonus payment exemption request for 2021, Labor Secretary Carlos J. Rivera-Santiago announced. So far, the agency has received 30 requests for exemption from payment of the Christmas Bonus, of which 21 were accepted, six were accepted at 15%, one was denied and two […] Read More →

Grupo Guayacán joins Para la Naturaleza to promote environmental conservation

Published 29 November 2021, 5:02 am
As part of its 25th anniversary events, Grupo Guayacán joined Para la Naturaleza to protect and preserve Puerto Rico’s natural resources. Through this collaboration and, in honor of its name and the years it has served entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico, Grupo Guayacán planted 25 guayacán trees in La Parguera Nature Reserve in Lajas. And, to […] Read More →

Op-Ed: The importance of shopping locally

Published 29 November 2021, 5:01 am
There is a popular song in the Caribbean written by King Obstinate titled: “How Will Santa Get Here?” The proposed solution? “There is no reindeer in my country. He’ll have to borrow de neighbor’s donkey.” These themes of getting creative and leveraging community resources are the perfect segue for our article. The people of the […] Read More →

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