Governor eases restrictions; lockdown order remains in place

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero today announced the easing of some Covid-19-related restrictions, while Guam remains under Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1.

"Truthfully, our case positivity rate is gradually on the decline. Covid hospitalization census is gradually decreasing. We know this extended isolation period has affected everyone but there are additional needs that must be accommodated," the governor said a press conference today.

"Based on the available health and mobility data and guidance from the State Surgeon Cell, I am announcing the relaxation of some restrictions—recognizing that we must manage this virus as best we can, not simply let the virus manage us," she added.

Some businesses that have been closed following the PCOR1 announcement on Aug. 14 will be allowed to resume operations at limited capacity. "However, we are highly encouraging teleworking as much as possible," the governor said.

She advised the community, however, that Guam remains under a safe-at-home advisory. "We still encourage everyone, especially vulnerable people, to stay at home and to limit their contact with people outside of their households," the governor said.

Noting that some activities pose a greater risk of transmission than others, the governor said the government is not ready allow the resumption of all activities such as social gatherings and sports events that involve bodily contact.

"But, my Recovery Panel of Advisors and the Physician Advisory Group are currently working on a timeline for the phased-in reopening of Guam. The data is being reviewed constantly and a number of options and safety protocols are being considered," Leon Guerrero said.