Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez issued Executive Order 2020-048, which extends the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until July 22, as certain government agencies and businesses are allowed to reopen.

The governor reiterated the mandatory use of face masks at all times while out in public, maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between people when visiting an establishment, store, restaurant, movie theater or office, and avoid unnecessary crowds.

The order establishes that career government employees must return to work in stages starting July 1. Furthermore, government agencies that offer services to citizens may start receiving public starting July 6. Each agency must notify citizens of the conditions under which they will be offering services.

Universities will be allowed to develop a COVID-19 protocol in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control, the Health Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR-OSHA).

Public and private schools, whose classes are scheduled to start in mid-August, should prepare their plans to reopen according to health and safety parameters to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the next school semester.

Each educational institution, including the Education Department, must timely present their plans for returning to classes and the modality in which their courses will be offered, the governor said.

The new Executive Order allows the sale of electronic and traditional lottery, as well as allows the collective transportation service, namely by the Metropolitan Authority of Buses and the Urban Train, starting July 1st.

The new order is in place for three weeks, during which Vázquez said the government’s medical task force will be monitoring it.

“When it is evident that the opening of any sector has caused a notable increase in the risk of infection or when the health services are approaching a capacity limit, it will be necessary to stop or delay the reopening plan and the order will be amended for those purposes,” she said. “Likewise, if the that doesn’t happen, the opening of other sectors may continue.”

Vázquez said the government will watch out for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. mainland and other countries and will offer details of the measures to be taken at the airports at a later date.

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