GCA president says DPHSS directive ‘doesn’t make sense’

(Updated Nov. 16, 20202: 4:41pm)

Pointing out some logical flaws in the Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Covid response strategy, an industry leader questioned the logic of exempting the military sector from the agency’s halt-construction directive.

James Martinez

“This wholesale closure of the industry doesn’t make sense,” said James Martinez, president of the Contractors Association.

The department’s directive, which officially went into effect Saturday, suspended all construction activity on Guam, an action prompted by the detection of Covid clusters at Black Construction and Core Tech International. This is the second construction lockdown since September.

“As you can see, only military projects are allowed to operate during this second pause of the construction industry unless contacted by DPHSS or Department of Defense health authorities,” Martinez said.

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