COVID-19 Update (5/3/2020)
We are pleased to announce that our offices in San Juan and Mayaguez will re-open next Monday, May 4th.
Puerto Rico’s governor issued Executive Order (“EO”) 2020-038 to relax the business closure order imposed over a month and a half ago. Certain commercial endeavors will be allowed to operate in compliance with the curfew and safety and social distancing measures. Among these, lawyers, notaries, and accountants will now be allowed to operate, as well as businesses in the fields of financial, mortgage, insurance, real estate, professional and moving services. Likewise, non-esthetic, elective surgeries may be scheduled, and primary doctors and specialists may continue to offer services remotely and through in-person visits with precautionary measures. Landscaping companies and laundries will be allowed to open.
The Government agencies will still be working remotely. Services to ports and airports will be extended and lottery sales, vehicle licensing inspection services and university laboratory investigations will be reinitiated. Consumer Affairs Department inspectors will be reincorporated into the active government working force. The Judicial Branch will still need to issue its separate instructions.
The limitations to the construction and manufacturing industry have also been relaxed to include the installation, repair, maintenance and restoration of energy production systems, roadways, and private infrastructure to ensure operations and services exempt from closure. However, manufacturers and construction employers must certify that health and safety protocols are met and employees receive proper security equipment.
This new order will come into effect from May 4 to May 25; and the curfew remains from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am.
EDGE has incorporated its internal measures and safety protocol. Our top priority in these difficult times remains to be the safety of our employees, clients, family and friends, while continuing to provide efficient and results-oriented services.
For useful legal information, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Center.
We know these are challenging times, but together, we will succeed.
The EDGE Legal Team