Guam restaurants to reopen for indoor dining


Guam residents will get to celebrate the holiday season with more people in their homes following Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's issuance of a new executive order raising the gathering limit from 10 to 15 people effective Christmas eve.


The executive order also allows indoor dining and bar operation at 25 percent of the

occupancy load beginning Dec. 26. According to the Department of Public Health and Social Services guidance, no more than six people are allowed to be seated together when dining indoors, with six feet distance between tables. Outdoor dining is permitted with no more than 10 persons per table or party.


While restaurants have been authorized to operate, customers were only allowed to dine outdoors prior to the executive order issued today.


Previously authorized businesses and services operating at 50 percent of the occupancy load prior to this guidance memorandum may continue to do so.


Guam, however, remains in Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1 and the current Covid Area Risk score is 1.5.


Over the past week, Covid-19 tests indicate that community transmission has slowed down. Guam has had 89 Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, bucking the previously three-digit positive result trend. Hospitalizations have also stabilized, with 21 admission


The Joint Information Center reported 19 new cases out of 469 tests performed on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Twelve cases were identified through contact tracing. Two cases reported recent travel history and were identified in quarantine.

To date, there have been a total of 7,257 officially reported cases of Covid-19 with 121 deaths, 429 cases in active isolation and 6,707 not in active isolation.


As of Wednesday, 1,931 health care workers have received Covid-19 vaccine.