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  • Writer's pictureBy Pacific Island Times News Staff

DPHSS reverses occupancy limit for bars

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has reversed the occupancy limit for bars and taverns, exactly a month after allowing a bigger crowd.

The new DPHSS guidance memo authorizes bars and taverns to operate at 50 percent capacity, superseding last month's rule that set the limit at 75 percent.

The department does not authorize social gatherings (for event celebrations such as anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and graduations among others) at eating and drinking establishments and other public venues where the total number of guests exceeds 100.

The 50 percent capacity limit also applies to public transportation and school buses.


Effective 8 a.m. May 15:

For funeral ceremonies, both religious and non-religious, that are held indoors must not exceed 75 percent of the occupancy load, and for associated activities (i.e., burial) held outdoors, it must not exceed 100 individuals and all must wear face masks and maintain 6 feet distancing; and

Services involving the administration of sacraments or celebration of high holy days are permitted but must be limited to 75 percent occupancy load, including the clergy, minister, or other religious leader and his/her assistant, if necessary.

Swimming pools, private and public at 75 percent of the pool's occupancy load is authorized, and the operator:

  • Adheres to DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2020-17 (Minimum Requirements for Operations of Swimming Pools and Waterparks); and

  • Prohibits the congregation of more than one hundred (100) individuals per group at poolside and each maintains 6 feet of distance from one another if not from Immediate Family Unit or Single Household Unit.

Organized sports, non-contact and contact training and competition, provided:

Spectators shall be limited to four per athlete (referenced as a spectator pod). Each spectator pod must be seated at least six (6) feet from the next spectator pod. Spectators shall be required to wear face masks at all times.

Wearing faces masks is required of all athletes at all times when not actively participating in athletic activity, and non-participants such as instructors, employees, and parents

Athletes must maintain 6 feet separation from others when not in the field of play or when engaged in play/activity, whenever possible;

Coaches, officials, and individuals who are not from the same household must maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from other individuals;

All attendees are encouraged to avoid high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs;

When handwashing stations are not available, there must be a sufficient supply of hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol available for use;

Clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces, equipment, gear, and shared objects and equipment between each use and conduct detailed cleaning and disinfection of the entire athletic facility, including chairs, furniture in meeting rooms, locker rooms, bathrooms, and athletic training room tables, daily when in use using disinfectant cleaning supplies; and

Congregating in the parking lot or near the field, gym, or sports complex/facility before and after games is prohibited

The following; provided, it is limited to no more than one hundred (100) persons per party and the allowable occupancy load is not exceeded, if applicable:

  • Aquariums, museums, and zoos;

  • Government of Guam parks and beaches;

  • Recreational boating and boat charters where 6 feet distancing can be maintained by everyone on board;

  • Running, walking, biking, and other recreation and non-contact exercise on public roadways, beaches, and parks;

  • Tourist attraction sites and venues; and

  • Waterparks and other recreational water venues

Outdoor, non-contact, recreational activities, such as golf, tennis, shooting, scuba diving is authorized; provided, the following are implemented:

  • Social distancing of not less than 6 feet is maintained;

  • Face mask is worn whenever possible;

  • Group activities cannot exceed 100)individuals; and

  • Paddling sports (kayaking, stand-up paddling) are limited to no more than six persons.


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