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

Get a Bird’s Eye View of Ponce and Relax in a Garden

They are open as a combo with the Serralles Castle tour with Covid- 19 health safety restrictions in place. Summer hours Thurs- Mon 10a-4:30p

La Cruceta del VigiaEl Vigia Cross (La Cruceta del Vigi­a ) is a 100-foot tall cross-shaped observation tower, located on top of Vigia Hill in Ponce. It is directly behind the Serralles Castle museum. The Cross is a 10-story vertical tower that has a glass elevator. It takes you up to the horizontal "sky bridge". These 2 features form the Cross. From this sky bridge, you have a great panoramic view of the city of Ponce, and the Caribbean Sea. There are pictures above each window of the view that have the buildings labeled, so you know what you are looking at. There is a small gift shop and restrooms at the base of the Cross. Japanese Garden at La Cruceta del VigiaThe Cross is located just feet away from a replica of the original "cross", which was actually a wooden signal tower. The early Spanish settlers used Vigia Hill as a looked-out for merchant ships and possible pirates. Once a ship was spotted, communication between ship and the tower (and thus the townsfolk), in the form of flags that were raised and lowered, was conducted. This way, the Poncerians would know who was coming – either good or bad. Today, it is a great place to see the city landmarks from up above. There is also a nice, tranquil Japanese-style garden behind the Cross. Take your time and enjoy the Koi fish ponds and the Bonsai displays.

The Observation Tower comes only as a combo ticket. Tickets for Serralles Castle and Gardens and Butterfly house and the observation tower Japanese garden is $15.00 for adults and children, $10 for senior citizens. Prices include tax. Ticket office was up by the Japanese Garden last we went. If you book online, there is an added fee but you get the house tour time you want and you don’t have to wait on line at the ticket office. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recorrido-castillo-serralles-serralles-castle-tour-tickets-136439021787

. All prices include sales tax. buy online (there is a service fee)

Hours change with the season, summer hours Thurs- Mon 10am – 4:30pm.

For more information, call 787-259-3816 or 787-259-1774.

The Cross is located two miles (3.2km) north of the center of town. Follow Bertoly Street or Union Street, and then follow the signs.

The trip from San Juan takes about 2 hours.

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