On Thanksgiving Day, keep it low to keep the cops away

Due to an unabated surge in Covid-19 positive cases, this year's Thanksgiving celebration deviates from Guam's tradition of culinary feast and long hours of revelry.

Your Thanksgiving dinner should not have more than five, or expect cops knocking on your door.

The Guam Police Department will take the lead in enforcing the government's social gathering restrictions and other mandates related to the governor's public health emergency directive.

However, the Department of Public Health and Social Services reassured residents that Guam will not be under a police state.

DPHSS communications director Janela Carrera said police officers will not be out patrolling the streets; rather, GPD’s response will be based on complaints received by the department.

“It’s more of educating the people first. We want the people to have an opportunity to be informed and follow the executive order and public health guidance that has been issued,” she said. “Cops will not enter a property without a probable cause or permission the property owner."

According to the DPHSS memo, "Congregations or social gatherings of more than five individuals where the individuals are not members of a single household are strictly prohibited."