Executive Order of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Wanda Vazquez-Garced, Extending the Lockdown and Establishing other measures necessary to Control and Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Puerto Rico.

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Orden ejecutiva nºOE-2020-038 Eng
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GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO
LA FORTALEZA
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Administrative Bulletin Number: OE-2020-038
EXECUTIVE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO, HON. WANDA
VÁZQUEZ-GARCED, EXTENDING THE LOCKDOWN AND ESTABLISHING
OTHER MEASURES NECESSARY TO CONTROL AND PREVENT THE SPREAD
OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN PUERTO RICO.
WHEREAS:
The global COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to
implement measures intended to prevent an increase in the
spread of the disease and to safeguard the health of all citizens.
Without a doubt, the spread of COVID-19 represents a serious
and immediate threat and a situation that must be addressed with
the utmost priority considering that this virus has claimed the lives
of over 230,000 people globally.
WHEREAS:
For its part, the Government of Puerto Rico has made all
necessary efforts and implemented all necessary measures in
order to prevent and halt the spread of COVID-19 and to
safeguard the health, lives, and safety of Puerto Rico’s residents.
For these reasons, and in line with the declaration issued by the
World Health Organization (WHO) classifying the respiratory
disease caused by COVID-19 a pandemic-level health and social
emergency that requires effective and immediate action from all
governments and jurisdictions throughout the world,
Administrative Bulletin OE-2020-020 was issued on March 12,
2020. Through said order (OE-2020020), a state of emergency
was declared throughout the entirety of our archipelago due to
the imminent threat posed by the spread of COVID-19.
WHEREAS:
Following the emergency declaration issued by the President of
the United States, Donald J. Trump, the Government of Puerto
Rico has published various Administrative Bulletins related to the
pandemic. To wit, Administrative Bulleting OE-2020-023 was
issued on March 15, 2020, establishing additional measures to
slow and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico (OE-
2020-023), including, among other measures, the implementation
of a lockdown that applies to all citizens and the necessary
closures of both government and private operations. On March
30, 2020, Administrative Bulletin OE-2020-029 was issued in
order to extend the lockdown, the social distancing measures,
and the closure of certain commercial and government
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I, Juan E. Segarra, USCCI #06-067/translator, certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate
translation, to the best of my abilities, of the document in Spanish which I have seen.
operations. On April 7, 2020, Administrative Bulletin OE-2020-032
was issued to establish more aggressive measures intended to
flatten the curve of COVID-19’s spread in our Island. On April 12,
2020, Administrative Bulletin OE-2020-033 was issued in order to
extend the measures implemented to control the spread of
COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, including an extension to the lockdown
and the necessary temporary closures. Said Executive Order was
extended to be effective until May 3, 2020.
WHEREAS:
Also, in order to address the health emergency that Puerto Rico
is facing, Administrative Bulletin OE-2020-026 (OE-2020-026)
was issued, which created an Executive Medical Advisory Task
Force Medical Task Force in charge of collaborating with the
Department of Health to develop and implement studies,
research, and strategic plans concerning how to best manage the
COVID-19 emergency. Said Medical Task Force was also
created to advise and assist the Governor of Puerto Rico and the
Secretary of Health in the decision-making process regarding
public health and other matters related to this emergency. Both,
the physicians that make up the Medical Task Force and the
Secretary of Health, have recommended extending the measures
taken by the Governor to contain the spread of COVID-19 for an
additional period, subject to certain modifications.
WHEREAS:
On March 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency published a
document titled, “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure
Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in
COVID-19 Response,” (“The Guide”). Throughout this Guide, the
suggested parameters where established to help state and local
government determine which activities, businesses, jobs, and
industries can be considered necessary in the context of the
emergency caused by COVID-19.
WHEREAS:
The aforementioned Guide was also issued in order to assist
public officials in their role of protecting the community while
ensuring the continuation of services that are critical to public
health and safety and economic security.
WHEREAS:
The Guide provides that the determinations over what constitutes
an essential business or activity are not definitive, but rather that
public health considerations linked to specific concerns related to
COVID-19 in each jurisdiction should be taken into account.

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