Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
๐Ÿ˜ท Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
๐Ÿ˜ท Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
๐Ÿ˜ท Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
โ›ต 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 18 Apr 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
๐ŸŸ๏ธ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
๐Ÿ˜ท Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿšข All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR 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 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ“„ The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
โœˆ๏ธ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
โ€ข The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
โœˆ๏ธ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
โ€ข 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.

Update-Closed: Playita Rosada – An Ocean Pool in Parguera

Playa Rosada

Aug 2020, Sadly, Tropical Storm Isaias destroyed a large part of the boardwalk, destroying the “pool”. Playita Rosada pool area will be closed until it is repaired, but you can use the walking paths and facilities..

What does a town do when they have a beautiful waterfront area, but no natural beaches there? Enclose the ocean, build decks around it, and make an ocean pool.

That’s just what the town of Lajas did to create Playa Rosada — it boasts a nice ocean swimming area without the sandy beach, and without the risk of any "big critters" to bother you while swimming!

Playa (or sometimes Playita) Rosada is located to the east of the main Parguera area, in Lajas, in the south-west part of the island. This is another lovely, local place to spend a day with family.

Co-managed by the DRNA (the Department of Natural Resouces) and the municipality of Lajas, there are bathrooms, showers, picnic tables and picnic pavilions (for rent for groups), and this lovely swimming area — and it is all handicapped accessible. The picnic area has some grass, but it is mostly sandy. It was really clean. I believe there are also nature trails to walk around, but we didn’t have time to explore the area much. This beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status.

The Ocean Pool

In order to create this "pool", an area of the ocean was enclosed with fencing, from the surface to the ocean floor, in order to keep large fish and jellyfish out of the swimming area. Then they built a wooden deck around the whole "pool" area.

Playa Rosada

The day we went, there were some small waves in it, but it can be almost totally calm other days. Due to the waves, the water was a little turbid, but still nice. On calm days you can see (smaller) fish swimming on the pool area.

There are a boatload of rules posted that should make it safe and enjoyable for everyone … though, on the day we went no one was enforcing the rules! But it was still a nice place, and a great idea, and everyone seemed to be having fun.

I think the sign said there was no lifeguard on duty, but it looked to me like there were 2 located in opposite corners of the decking. About 5 ft deep in the deep end and got a little shallower to about 3.5 ft. There was some sand and some sea grass on the bottom of the pool area. It didn’t look like there was anything sharp that would be a problem for bare feet.

We went during a "winter weekend", so there were very few people there. But I imagine that you should expect many more people to be there during the summer months!

I love finding things like this — something that I have never seen before — an ocean pool!

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Playa Rosada

There is a sign that says there is a fee of $2 to park at the Playa Rosada area, but there was no on there to collect money on the day we went. Maybe they charge during the summer months.

>Update 8/2020- closed for repairs. The posted hours said that Playa Rosada is open from 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays through Sundays. Closed on Monday.

Driving directions from La Parguera — Take Road 304 until it ends at a tee on Calle 6. Turn right onto Calle 6 and follow it until it ends at a tee on Calle 7. Turn right onto Calle 7 (the name of the road changes to Camino Paseo de la Guayacanes) and follow it until you see the entrance to Playa Rosada.

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