Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi signed a decree in this regard so that establishments where mass activities are carried out require that people be fully vaccinated.
In addition, they must present a negative PCR or antigen test performed 48 hours or less in advance, when the positivity rate reaches 12.4 percent, the highest number since March 2020, after having remained low for several weeks.
The new decree, which will come into force this next Wednesday, includes theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, coliseums, convention and activity centers, or any other place where events that promote the gathering of people are held. It establishes, in the same way, that any mass activity abroad – that is not an amphitheater, stadium, activity center or any other open place – and that encourages the agglomeration of 500 people or more, must coordinate with the Ministry of Health to establish the protocol aimed at guaranteeing the health of the attendees.
Among the requirements is the use of masks during the course of the activity and determining whether the presence of children under five is appropriate.
Given the arrival of the Omicron variant and the increase in the rate of positivity, it is necessary to establish measures aimed at reducing infections, said Governor Pierluisi.
“Given the trend in recent days, I am signing this new executive order that will come into effect on Wednesday and I reiterate that I will continue to be vigilant and attentive to the statistics and recommendations to establish new measures, if necessary,” he said.
Pierluisi urged people who have not yet been vaccinated or who have not yet received the booster dose against Covid-19, to do so.
“The vaccine is now available for children under five years of age and older, as well as the third dose for adults,” said Pierluisi, stating that vaccination continues to be the solution to reduce infections, hospitalizations and prevent deaths.
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