Executive Order of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon.Wanda Vázquez Garced, for the purposes of extending the implemented lockdown and curtailing the measures implemented to control the spread of the COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.

JurisdicciónPuerto Rico
Orden ejecutiva nºOE-2020-062 Eng
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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.
GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO
LA FORTALEZA
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Administrative Bulletin Number: OE-2020-062
EXECUTIVE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO, HON. WANDA
VÁZQUEZ-GARCED, FOR THE PURPOSES OF EXTENDING THE
IMPLEMENTED LOCKDOWN AND CURTAILING THE MEASURES
IMPLEMENTED TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN PUERTO RICO.
WHEREAS:
All efforts to stop the spread of the virus on our Island have been
aimed at safeguarding the lives and the social, economic, and
personal safety of all Puerto Ricans.
WHEREAS:
The Government of Puerto Rico has made all efforts and has
taken all necessary measures to prevent and halt the spread of
COVID-19, as well as to safeguard the health, the lives, and the
safety of all of Puerto Rico’s residents. To this end, and in line
with the statement issued by the World Health Organization
classifying the respiratory illness caused by COVID-19 as a
global health and social emergency at a pandemic level that
required effective and immediate action of all governments and
jurisdictions throughout the world, on March 12, 2020, the
Governor of Puerto Rico, Honorable Wanda Vázquez-Garced,
enacted Administrative Bulletin No. OE-2020-020 declaring a
state of emergency throughout our archipelago due to the
imminent threat posed by COVID-19 (“OE-2020-020”).
WHEREAS:
In light of the emergency situation currently facing Puerto Rico,
Administrative Bulletin No. OE-2020-026 (“OE-2020-026”) was
enacted to create the Medical Advisory Executive Committee or
“Medical Task Force”, in charge of collaborating with the
Department of Health to develop and implement studies,
research, and strategic plans on how to best manage the COVID-
19 emergency, as well as 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.
WHEREAS:
Following the emergency declaration issued by the President of
the United States, Honorable Donald J. Trump, the Government
of Puerto Rico has issued several Administrative Bulletins related
to the pandemic.
WHEREAS:
In order to set certain parameters to help state and local
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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.
governments determine which activities, businesses, jobs, and
industries can be considered as essential within the context of the
emergency created by COVID-19, 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”).
WHEREAS:
The Guide was enacted to assist public officials in their role of
protecting the community while ensuring the continuity of services
that are critical to public health, economic security, and safety.
WHEREAS:
The Guide establishes that the determinations over what
constitutes an essential business or activity are not definitive, but
must take into account public health considerations related to
COVID-19 concerns in each jurisdiction.
WHEREAS:
Article 6.10 of Act 20-2017, as amended, better known as the
Puerto Rico Public Safety Department Act, empowers the
Governor to declare a state of emergency on our Island, and “to
establish or modify state regulations, orders, plans, or measures
for emergencies or disasters as deemed necessary,” as well as
“to enact, amend or repeal any regulation, and to enact, amend,
or rescind any order as deemed appropriate during the state of
emergency or disaster.”
WHEREAS:
In the event that an epidemic threatens the health of the people
of Puerto Rico, Act 81 of March 14, 1912, as amended, known as
the “Health Department Act,” empowers the Department of Health
to take any measures it deems necessary to combat said threat,
including measures to isolate and quarantine people who have
been exposed to or who have contracted infectious diseases that
pose a threat to public health, in accordance with the provisions
of Regulation No. 7380, known as the “Regulation for Isolation
and Quarantine.”
WHEREAS:
The consumption of alcoholic beverages at commercial
establishments and their surroundings has resulted in citizens
failing to comply with precautionary measures and social
distancing rules. Section 229 of Act 68 of June 23, 1969, as
amended, known as the “Military Code of Puerto Rico,”
empowers the Governor to prohibit the sale of alcoholic
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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.
beverages.
WHEREAS:
In strict Constitutional Law, the State may restrict individuals’
fundamental rights if a compelling State interest is proven and it
constitutes the least onerous means. In this case, public health
constitutes a compelling interest in light of a pandemic for which
there is still no vaccine and, therefore, it is imperative to employ
measures whose implementation may affect fundamental rights.
WHEREAS:
In light of the success achieved in flattening the viral infection
curve and controlling the risk of the virus, Administrative Bulletin
OE-2020-033 added flexibility to certain aspects related to
industrial, commercial, and corporate operations in Puerto Rico.
This flexibilization has not been implemented based solely on the
data derived from the contagion curve, but considering the
resources available to the public and private sectors to
incorporate measures that mitigate the risk of infection in their
facilities.
WHEREAS:
It is important to note that risk assessments should be taken into
account when making decisions related to reopening and
reactivating the economy. Economic flexibility needs to go hand-
in-hand with an increase in risk control measures in each of the
sectors that are gradually being integrated into the economy.
WHEREAS:
In order to evaluate the sectors to be included in each phase of
the gradual reopening, the Economic Task Force took three
factors into consideration: The Infection Risk Index developed by
the School of Public Health of the University of Puerto Rico’s
Medical Sciences Campus; the number of employees in each
sector; and Participation in the Gross Domestic Product.
WHEREAS:
The Economic Task Force’s primary function is to serve as a
facilitator in the process of transitioning from the emergency
phase to a gradual social and economic recovery. The purpose is
to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico and to prevent
the transmission speed from reaching exponential levels.
WHEREAS:
Both the Medical Task force and the Economic Task Force have
acknowledged that the measures taken by the Government have
been effective in reducing the spread and the infection speed of
the virus in Puerto Rico.

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