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

JurisdicciónPuerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Orden ejecutiva nºOE-2020-080 English, OE-2020-080 English
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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-2020-080
EXECUTIVE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO, HON. WANDA
VÁZQUEZ-GARCED, FOR THE PURPOSES OF EXTENDING THE
IMPLEMENTED LOCKDOWN AND ESTABLISHING MEASURES TO
SLOWDOWN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN PUERTO RICO.
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 and to safeguard the health, lives, and safety of the residents of
Puerto Rico. To this end, and in accordance with the declaration
issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) classifying the
respiratory disease caused by COVID-19 as a global health and
social emergency at a pandemic level that required effective and
immediate action by all governments and jurisdictions around the
world, Administrative Bulletin No. OE-2020-020 was enacted on
March 12, 2020, declaring a state of emergency throughout our
archipelago in the face of the imminent threat posed by the spread
of COVID-19.
WHEREAS:
In line with the global state of emergency and in keeping with the
national state of emergency prevailing across the world, the
Government of Puerto Rico has issued several executive orders
aimed at implementing certain restrictive measures to control the
spread of COVID-19 on our Island.
WHEREAS:
In order to set certain parameters to help state and local
governments determine which activities, businesses, jobs, and
industries can be considered as essential within the context of the
emergency created by COVID-19, the United States Homeland
Security Department’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 purpose of the Guide is 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 to economic security.
WHEREAS:
The Guide provides that determinations over what constitutes an
essential business or activity are not definitive, but rather that
public health considerations linked to specific concerns related to
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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.
COVID-19 in each jurisdiction should be taken into account.
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:
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:
Act Number 62 of June 23, 1969, as amended, known as the
“Puerto Rico Military Code,” empowers the Governor to call upon
the Military Forces of Puerto Rico, namely the Puerto Rico National
Guard and any other military force organized under the laws of the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, such as the State Active Military
Service, to provide support to civil authorities in maintaining or
reestablishing public order, as well as providing essential services
when required by public safety and when civil authorities are not
able to ensure social wellbeing.
WHEREAS:
The Puerto Rico National Guard was asked to assign non-armed
personnel to perform surveillance and cooperation tasks intended
to provide support to the Public Safety Department and the
Interagency Oversight Group in enforcing compliance with this
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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.
Executive Order in accordance with the Agreement for the
Sustainable Reform of the Puerto Rico Police Department.
WHEREAS:
Both the epidemiological and the medical group advising the
Government on the management of the pandemic, as well as the
Economic Task Force, have acknowledged that the measures
implemented by the Government have been effective in reducing
the rate and speed of infection in Puerto Rico in a timely manner.
WHEREAS:
However, the COVID-19 pandemic represents a dynamic and
changing scenario that may require strategies to be redesigned in
order to manage infections in the population while preventing the
collapse of our economy.
WHEREAS:
It is important to note that risk assessments have been integrated
into the decision-making process of the Government of Puerto Rico
for the reopening and reactivation of the economy. Economic
flexibilization has been accompanied by an increase in risk control
measures in each of the sectors that have been gradually
integrated into the economy.
WHEREAS:
At this point, most employers have adapted their facilities to
mitigate the effects of the virus. Therefore, the new strategies to
address the COVID-19 emergency have been directed towards
integrating collaborative monitoring or self-monitoring systems for
each economic sector, in order for a gradual transformation in
social behavior regarding the virus to be achieved.
WHEREAS:
As part of the new strategies designed to control COVID-19
infections on the Island, the COVID-19, Risk Levels, and Public
Healthcare Interventions Monitoring Indicators Model was
established to address the pandemic. This Model was designed by
the Mathematical-Epidemiological Modeling Team (EMME, for its
Spanish acronym) of the Puerto Rico Health Trust, which is part of
the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust, and
was welcomed with several recommendations from the Economic
Task Force. The model uses several parameters or variables to
determine the Island’s general risk level.
WHEREAS:
The Puerto Rico COVID-19 monitoring model classifies risk into 4
levels: red, orange, yellow, and green. Red represents a critical risk
level with intense and sustained community transmission; orange

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