CNMI moving closer to 'normalcy'

Updated: Jun 18

Vulnerability level moves to green, curfew lifted, businesses resume normal hours of operation

Same-day vaccinations are available at different locations in the CNMI. Photo courtesy of the Office of the CNMI Governor/Facebook

Saipan— Beginning today, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands moves to community vulnerability level from blue to green, which entails partial lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions.

Gov. Ralp Torres has lifted curfew hours and allowed businesses to resume their pre-Covid hours of operations effective today.

“For more than a year, the challenge of keeping everyone safe was not easy, but together we successfully made the CNMI one of the safest places in the world, and it is recognized by our federal partners, our source markets, and our regional counterparts,”Torres said.

Since Sep 6, 2020, the CNMI observed curfew hours from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. and required businesses to reduce their hours to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

Although social activities are allowed to resume with caution, health authorities advised residents to continue practicing safety measures.

“Let us continue to be vigilant and safe and work together as we move forward in this next step toward true normalcy,” the governor said.