Guam eyes May 1 tourism reopening

Guam’s tourism may reopen by May 1 if the island achieved a 50 percent vaccination rate for adult population before then, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero announced Monday.

Labeling the goal “Path to Half,” Leon Guerrero said the target is to get 62,500 adults (16 years and older) fully vaccinated prior to the travel reopening.

A total of 29,134 individuals on Guam have completed both their shots of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as of March 15.

“What does travel reopening mean? It simply means that we will make adjustments to our quarantine requirements,” the governor said at Monday’s press conference.

Setting a 50 percent vaccination rate by May 1, 2021, the governor said, was a threshold designed to adjust travel quarantine requirements. “We still have a lot of preparation, and we need to ensure these goals are met before reopening but we need to prepare now.”

She explained that changes in protocol would entail an exemption from government and home quarantine requirements.