The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of daily life and it has brought new uncertainties to people in Puerto Rico, including self-employed workers. Because of COVID-19, they have had to work under restrictions imposed by government officials, to reduce the spread of the virus.
These restrictions have forced freelancers to change their ways of working.
Dinorah Sanchez Rivera, an attorney from Luquillo, Puerto Rico said that in her office there has been many changes affecting how they usually work. Some of these changes include reduction of clients in their office and that, “We are doing notary in a form of drive through. We are in a small town so people have very easy access to the street area in front of the office.”
Self-employed workers in the entertainment world has also adapted to the new normal brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Antonio Sanchez Febus from the band Los Rivera Destino and podcast host of Hablando Claro shared his experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In music, there has been an increase in streamings, in the ways of monetizing it since instead of depending on live shows, we have depended a lot on royalties.” This has been a positive aspect of the pandemic for the band.
Sanchez Febus also stated that the ones most affected by these restrictions have been their music and production team. Neither team has worked during the pandemic.
Dinorah Sanchez Rivera and Antonio Sanchez Febus are few of the many freelancers affected by these restrictions brought by COVID-19, but they have managed to work through the difficult times.