Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 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
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 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.
😷 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.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 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 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ 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
😷 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 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)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ 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.

Attend Carnival in the “City of El Yunque”- Rio Grande

Dates for the Rio Grande Carnaval 2021 are July 15-July 18. The fun starts on Thursday!

Rio Grande Carnival

Carnival — the word itself conjures up images of festivals and fun from around the world! And Puerto Rico is no exception. Almost every town holds a carnival — some big, some small. No matter what the size, you can always count on finding music, dancing and food.

Our town (Rio Grande) holds their 4 day carnival every year somewhere during the end of June through the first week of July, and it is a pretty big deal for our little town. (Of course, due to COVID, 2021 wil be a little different, but we are happy to have fun again!). The town gets decked out with colorful decorations, the amusement rides arrive & get set up, and you occasionally see people working on floats & costumes. We look forward to it every year. Don’t miss the fun!

Carnival in Puerto Rico

Carnival (or Carnaval, in Spanish) here in Puerto Rico is not the same as it is on other Caribbean islands. Each island has their own traditions and customs that make their carnival their own. In Puerto Rico, carnival even varies from region and town, and is highly influenced by the original townspeople and their traditions. Many towns have their special carnival or festival in honor of their patron saint. As far as town carnivals go, Ponce has the largest (and most famous) one they hold just before Lent starts.

Carnival in Rio Grande

Rio Grande is a much smaller town than Ponce, but we still know how to have fun. 2021 marks the 35th year for Rio Grande’s Carnaval Ciudad de El Yunque, which is usually held the last week of June.

Rio Grande Carnival

The fun starts mid-week in the evening with a small opening ceremony, some live music. There will be the crowning of the new town queens and princesses, and other ceremonies and talent shows. Every evening, the amusement rides open and the live music shows start for another evening and continue until the wee hours of the morning.

By the weekend, during the day, they usually have a 10k race on Saturday and the parade on Sunday. Most of the carnaval festivities are held, or end, at the Ovidio de Jesus stadium and parking lot near the intersection of Route 3 and Road 187R. The stadium parking lot will be full of the typical amusement park rides, games and food kiosks. The location makes it a bit tricky to find nearby parking. You can try parking in the Ralph’s Food Warehouse parking lot or down the road by the track field. Expect to walk a bit.

Rio Grande Carnival

If you can only attend for one day, make it Sunday for the parade. I think this is the best part of Carnival! The parade starts at about 1pm and lasts about 2 hours. For best viewing, you want to follow the crowds! The parade usually starts at the school on RT 187R and winds its way through the streets of town, usually along R187 ends at the Plaza or sometimes at the Mercado/Publico Station on rt 187. Just follow the people into town for the viewing route and good viewing spot!

The parade is full of dancing, loud music, sequined costumes & floats, high school bands, pom-pom girls & flag twirlers, suped-up cars & antique vehicles, and usually the Rio Grande unicycle team! And it is not just people from Rio Grande. Many area towns come and participate — with their own bands, dancers, and floats. And of course, since it is Puerto Rico, there will be a number of Vejigantes joining the parade. There is live music at the stages from 3-5pm. Then later that night at the stadium again and it ends with fireworks again!.

Details

Rio Grande Carnival

The rides and games usually open at 6pm on weekdays and about 4pm on weekends. Usual hours- musical and other events (rides, games etc) will be happening on Thursday July 15- music from 6p-12mn, and Friday, July 16 Stuff for kids from around 12pm-3pm, then music and activities from 6:30pm- 12 mn; Saturday, July 17 6pm – 12:00mn; Sunday, July 18, from 1pm -5, then music 6:30- 12 midnight.

You can call the Rio Grande tourism office for more information at 787-887-2370

We will post the event schedule on our Facebook page.

Other towns have their own Carnivals throughout the year. We post that information in our event calendar when we find out about those festivals.

Parking will be an issue any carnival you go to, so try to get there early to get a spot.

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