We are welcoming visitors who are committed to following protocols and keeping Vieques SAFE.
We still regard staying for a month or more, the best so multiple testing and some quarantine can be accomplished.
WE STILL SUGGEST THAT PEOPLE DELAY ANY SHORT TERM TRAVEL HERE, BUT…. VACCINES ARRIVED AND ABOUT 3300 PEOPLE ARE COMPLETELY VACCINATED!!
SO- WE ARE FEELING SAFER , BUT THERE ARE STILL TOO MANY WITHOUT VACCINES STILL AND VULNERABLE…WHICH MAKES US ALL VULNERABLE.
Current COVID-19 Restrictions (announced 05 January 2021) —
🔓 Sunday is no longer a “lock down” day. The “dry law” has been eliminated on the weekends
Curfew suspended. BEACHES MOSTLY OPEN.
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose, as well as social distancing, are required in public
🏖️ Beaches, pools & bodies of water (rivers, lakes, etc) are open without restrictions. Only small groups of people from the same family permitted on beaches, etc. Social distance of 10 feet required between groups on beaches, etc. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited on beachs, etc
🛒 Stores, businesses & banks may be open until 10pm at 30% capacity
🍽️ Restaurants may be open until 10pm at 30% capacity
🏋 Gyms are permitted to be open at 30% capacity
🍿 Casinos & movie theaters are permitted to be open at 30% occupancy
⛵ Use of motorized watercraft is permitted. Marinas are permitted to be open. Individual watercraft – kayaks, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), and jet skis – are permitted
🍺 Chinchorros & sports bars are permitted to be open. Clubs, bars, and coffee bars must remain closed
⛴️ Tourists are permitted on the ferry to Culebra. The ferry to Vieques will continue to be limited to residents & emergency personnel
🚌 AMA buses & Tren Urbano will operate with COVID restrictions
🌳 El Yunque National Forest is open, but reservations are required for entry (available at Recreation.gov)
⚠️ All travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration with contact tracing info, & proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular-based (PCR) test.
Admin · · Due to the influx of tourists on the island: please let them know that they should quarantine for 14 days even with a negative covid test. They are recommended to take the antigen test 7-8 days after arrival, or the PCR at 5, for the purposes of knowing if they could have been exposed to COVID-19 on the trip as such … but they must complete the 14 days of quarantine and SARA alert monitoring. This information is from VQS’ epidemiologist Janina Berthart, head of the COVID19 tracing team. Thank you. GUIA DEL CDC SOBRE CUANDO HACER CUARENTENA: “For all of the following scenarios, *even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy* , you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.”
Vieques misses you, but before coming, you need to know what to expect, and the effect that bringing COVID-19 would have on Vieques:
- We have NO HOSPITAL:
Someone in need of life-saving care must be transported out via a limited and unreliable Medevac flight. This includes you.
- Our population is largely ELDERLY:
Many are in multigenerational homes with family members working in the service industry. Community spread here would be devastating.
- Your VACATION MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU EXPECT:
Many establishments are choosing to stay closed out of concern for residents’ health, including many of our beloved beaches, restaurants, tours, and excursions.
- Our FERRY IS A LIMITED RESOURCE AND LIFELINE FOR RESIDENTS:
Taking up a seat on the ferry right now may prevent a resident from accessing basic supplies and appointments with healthcare specialists. If you are able, please fly.
If your choice to travel to Vieques during this pandemic stands, please follow these GOVERNMENT MANDATED safety protocols by Governor Orders 2020-044 while you are here, to protect our residents and your families:
NEGATIVE MOLECULAR TEST RESULTS are REQUIRED on arrival to SJU (must have been done within 72 hours prior to arrival)
Masks are REQUIRED except for eating and swimming
Social distancing is REQUIRED
Frequent sanitizing is crucial to prevent spread
If you might have been exposed, you must quarantine for 14 days.
Breaking the 10pm-5am curfew may result in a heavy fine.
If you feel sick once here, immediately isolate yourself in your accommodations, contact the Department of Health 24-hour hotline at 787-999-6202, or Doctor Ivette Amalia Perez at 787-468-2000 or 787-607-0893. We hope this helps you to make an informed decision on whether to travel to Vieques at this time. Please stay safe, and help keep the people of Vieques safe.
The Rainbow Team