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Caribbean Business – Dramatic Economic Reopening After 88-day Lockdown
Caribbean Business – Dramatic Economic Reopening After 88-day Lockdown

SAN JUAN — In a press conference at one of the main movie theaters in the San Juan metropolitan area, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced announced the lifting of the island’s lockdown and the reopening of practically all businesses and services to the public, leaving the responsibility to continue with the safety measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 up to citizens and the private sector.

The determination was made taking into account the low need to date for health services for infected patients and with a coronavirus fatality rate of 3% to 4%.

The recommendations of the scientists and doctors who make up the medical task force created to advise the governor during the pandemic were not considered. Vázquez Garced indicated that after the economic opening, the function of the task force was modified to monitor the disease indicators.

Thus, the governor said that businesses of all kinds such as gyms, bars, restaurants, movie theaters and spas, as well as beaches, can open starting June 16, while the use of masks and physical distancing remains compulsory.

“If we forget those lessons learned and if there are spikes in cases, hospitalizations, intensive [care units] or use of ventilators or, in the worst case, of deaths, I will have no option to restore the (previous) curfews,” the governor said.

The new guidelines will take effect June 16 and run through July 1… (VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE)

 

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More Puerto Rico Sectors Allowed to Reopen After Memorial Day
More Puerto Rico Sectors Allowed to Reopen After Memorial Day

May 22, 2010 – Today at 1 PM our Governor held a press conference to announce the new marching orders to begin next Tuesday (5-26-20).

Even though the lock down hours will continue in effect until June 15, 2020, she is practically allowing all commercial businesses to start working next Tuesday (2-26-20). Each commercial sector will have their own safety protocol/rules already approved by the Government. Everyone is instructed to continue to wear face masks, covering at least their nose and mouth at all times.

The below article from Caribbean Business covers most of the main points mentioned by the Governor in today’s press conference.

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SOLAS Requirements – Puerto Rico
SOLAS Requirements – Puerto Rico

As of this date, it is our opinion that a ship strictly engaged in the Jones Act trade is not impacted by SOLAS because SOLAS applies only to ships engaged in international trade. This means that a Jones Act ship that also engages in international trade is required to comply with SOLAS. Therefore, since the

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