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Puerto Rico: where stores are closed

Six island Home Depots are shuttered temporarily.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Puerto Rico, the island territory that suffered mightily from the one-two punch of hurricane and earthquake in 2019 and 2020, has taken some of the most aggressive steps under the U.S. flag to thwart the coronavirus outbreak.

The island is in mandatory lockdown mode. And hardware stores or lumberyards do not appear on the Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced’s list of exceptions to its order to close all businesses.

[Here’s the executive order calling for lockdown.]

Six Home Depots that operate on the island are closed temporarily.

Businesses related to the distribution of supply food chain, medical supplies and equipment, gas, financial and banking institutions, and elderly care centers are exempt from closing.

Translation: stores closed until March 30.

There are also teeth to the orders, which are set to continue until March 30. Violators of the lockdown order could face a fine of up to $5,000 or six months in jail.

Retailers pushed back on the rules, saying they created confusion. The President of the United Retail Central has called the order “ambiguous,” according to the Associated Press.

The 11 hardware stores that are part of the Ferreterias Ace Puerto Rico group are temporarily closed.

On late morning Thursday, there was no answer to calls made to telephone numbers of several other home improvement retailers, including National Lumber & Hardware locations in Aguadilla Pueblo, Manati and San Juan, the Sears Hometown Store in Barranquitas, and the Ferreteria Madrid in San Juan.

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