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

Recycled Garden in Utuado

File this under “just for fun”. This is not really a “day trip” … but worth a quick stop if you find yourself in the area.

On a recent day of exploring (to gather info for an upcoming article), we missed a turn we were supposed to make, and ended up driving on one of the many pretty, but long & twisty-turny roads in the interior of Puerto Rico. Sometimes, it takes a “mistake” just like this one to make an interesting discovery.

Recycled Garden

We were driving along Road 140 in Utuado, and we found this colorful “garden” along both sides of the road at KM 26.8. What a surprise!

Someone (Mary Ortiz) made this cute and fun “Recycled Garden” (Jardín Reciclado) from all sorts of trash that they either found on the road or picked from the garbage. You can see they gave everything a lot of thought to design and build these colorful and creative objects. They seem to have a thing for Disney movies!

There are many more pieces than we have photos of here. They have recycled everything from tires, to soda bottles, to fans, to children’s toys & dolls … everything but the kitchen sink! We recently drove by it again, and I am happy to say it has survived Maria (or she rebuilt it), it is still there to enjoy with some new additions too!

It made us happy, so we’re sharing it here with you.

This “garden” is located on Road 140 at KM 26.8 in the town of Utuado.

They have a donation box that you can contribute to if you want to give them some support.

If you do stop here, it is on a curve. So pull well off the road and be careful walking around — cars come zipping around the curves at a pretty quick speed!

Recycled Garden

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