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Puerto Rico Imposes $100 Fine After Several Tourists Ignore Mask Mandates
The current executive order in Puerto Rico states that it is mandatory that masks be worn at all times, including outdoor public areas. Over the last few months, tourism has imploded and many have failed to adhere to the restrictions.
The citizens of Puerto Rico have expressed their agitation with the increase in tourism and fear tourists may contribute to an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the island. Recently, several incidents were recorded and posted to social media showing tourists becoming violent after being asked to wear a mask while vacationing.
This forced San Juan’s municipal police squad to heavily police tourist areas such as Condado, Santurce, and Old San Juan.
Orlando Rivera Lebrón, San Juan’s police chief, told USA TODAY, “Since we started this plan, we have made several arrests and have intervened with a lot of disorderly conduct regarding the added police presence.”
The incidents that have occurred caused the government to implement a $100 fine for people who fail to comply with the mandatory mandate. The island has posted billboards and other signage to remind tourists of the fines.
With hotels operating at nearly 100% capacity and as the island tries to recover their tourism sector, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi has come up with a larger security plan for spring breakers.
More than 3,500 officers will be monitoring tourist areas during the week, and the National Guard will have over 1,100 active soldiers enforcing the executive order and mask mandate.