Government services open, more people allowed in businesses under PCOR 2; bars stay closed

Dana Williams

| Pacific Daily News

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Hundreds more manåmko’ vaccinated at Okkodo

About 700 more manåmko’, or island elderly over the age of 60, are vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the last day of a temporary immunization clinic at Okkodo High School in Dededo on Jan. 13, 2021.

Rick Cruz/PDN

Walk-in government services will resume, in-person classes will start and more people will be allowed in restaurants, bingo halls and game rooms as Guam enters Pandemic Condition of Readiness 2.

Bars won’t be allowed to open, however.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed an executive order Friday, allowing most businesses and activities to operate with moderate restrictions.

According to the order, this means:

  • As of 8 a.m. Saturday, restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity for indoor dining. Up to six people can be seated together, with a minimum of six feet between tables. Up to 15 people per table will be allowed for outdoor dining.
  • As of 8 a.m. Saturday, bingo halls, game rooms, movie theaters and similar businesses will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • As of Monday, public and private schools will be allowed to resume in-person operations. Monday is a holiday, so most schools won’t hold class until at least Tuesday. Among public schools, Vicente Benavente Middle School, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School and Simon Sanchez High School will be in session Tuesday, and others will resume Wednesday.
  • On Tuesday, government of Guam operations that have been suspended, including walk-in services, are scheduled to resume.

Guam has been under PCOR 1 restrictions since Aug. 16, 2020.

Public school schedule

Public schools, which have been closed for in-person instruction since last March, will reopen next week. Most will split the student body into two cohorts using the campus on different days, following this schedule:

  • Monday: Online classes
  • Tuesday: Online classes
  • Wednesday: Face-to-face classes (cohort A)
  • Thursday: Face-to-face classes (cohort B)
  • Friday: Hard copy, food distribution, and intervention day

Vicente Benavente Middle School, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, and Simon Sanchez High School are the only schools that will use three face-to-face cohorts. Their schedule will be:

  • Monday: Online classes
  • Tuesday: Face-to-face classes (cohort A)
  • Wednesday: Face-to-face classes (cohort B)
  • Thursday: Face-to-face classes (cohort C)
  • Friday: Hard copy, food distribution, and intervention day.

Parents should contact each school directly for hard copy distribution times.

GovGuam offices, services reopen

All government of Guam agencies and departments that still had services suspended will open Tuesday, the order stated. Agencies will also provide walk-in services.

Agency heads can allow employees to telework when appropriate. Otherwise, the order states employees “are expected to physically report to duty within two hours of receiving notice from their supervisors.”

Safety measures required

Businesses, schools and government offices still must follow Department of Public Health and Social Services safety measures, according to the order.

Social distancing of at least six feet, along with appropriate signage and frequent cleaning of surfaces is required.

People will have to wear face masks unless engaged in physical exercise or eating.

Individuals or businesses failing to comply will be subject to fines and penalties. Public Health and other agencies will be able to enforce restrictions with the help of the Guam Police Department.

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