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.

Santuario de la Virgen de la Providencia

Santuario de la Virgen

Every once in a while I get surprised by some of our explorations. The Santuario de la Virgen de la Providencia in Cupey is one of those surprises. This little-known place should be on every local Christians’s must-visit list. Tourists that are "into" these kind of things to plan on making quick stop, too.

This land, owned and operated by the Archdiocese of San Juan, is the future site of a new church and new offices for the Archdiocese. While those projects are still in the planning phase, two wonderful and awe-inspiring displays are already in place — a life-sized Stations of the Cross and a large cross.

Santuario de la Virgen

The cross looks to be about 150 feet tall, and it is situated at the highest point on the property so that it can be seen far and wide.

The the real show-stopper for me was the life-sized Stations of the Cross sculptures. Currently, they are located around the base of the cross, but the plan is to relocate them the garden area below.

The 14 stations are cast in bronze, and they depict the last days and hours of Christ’s life. The sculptures are so large and lifelike … you can see the agony in the eyes and feel the pain in the muscles with each fall. I was really moved by this, and I am not a real churchy-type person.

Santuario de la Virgen

When we went, there was a temporary open air church set up under the cross, where they celebrate mass, and hold other activities, throughout the month. We were the only people visiting, but they have a security guard on duty all the time.

Details

There is no fee to access the park.

The park is open 5 days/week, Monday- Friday from 8:00am until 5pm. Sometimes Saturdays they may be open. Check their Facebook page for other events (Masses, Stations of the Cross etc).

It’s a short stop. Allow about 30 minutes.

You can call the Archdiocese of San Juan at 787-646-9448 for more information or email info@santuariodelaprovidencia.org.

You can visit their Facebook page or web site for more information and to read about their plans for future developments.

The park is easy to get to. It’s just off of Road 199 in Cupey. It is gated, but gate will be open if they are open. Look for the big cross.

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