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Light at the End of the Tunnel: Puerto Rico Government Eliminates Most COVID-19 Restrictions
New Order or Decree
Authors: Irene Viera Matta, Associate, and Alberto Tabales Maldonado, Associate – Schuster Aguiló LLC | Littler
Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi issued Executive Order 2022-019, drastically changing previously issued COVID-19 measures and guidelines by eliminating most requirements regarding masks, capacity limits and vaccination mandates. This EO delegates any additional COVID-19 restrictions to the Puerto Rico Department of Health via administrative orders. Consequently, the PRDOH issued Administrative Order 2022-533 providing further guidelines on COVID-19 restrictions. It is important for employers to note, however, that the Protocol for COVID-19 Case Management in the Workplace issued by the PRDOH is still in effect and employers are currently still required to report all COVID-19 cases in the workplace.