Guam rules eased to allow bigger crowds at restaurants, public events




Restaurants and bars will be allowed to accommodate more diners and patrons, while churches and sports events will be permitted to hold bigger crowds beginning 8 a.m. Friday, April 16.


Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero today signed an executive order relaxing some Covid-19 related restrictions, raising the occupancy limit for dining and drinking establishments from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity.


Places of worship will also be permitted to increase occupancy to 75 percent of occupancy load.

Current safety measures such as social distancing and wearing of face masks will remain in place, however.


Guam remains under Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3. The governor amended restrictions as the island prepares for the anticipated reopening of tourism on May 1.


Daily test results have been showing signs that Guam’s coronavirus transmission has slowed down. A total of 23 positive cases have been reported in the past seven days.


To date, there have been a total of 7,851 officially reported cases of Covid-19with 136 deaths, 37 cases in active isolation, and 7,678 not in active isolation. The CAR Score is 0.2.


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Under the Department of Public Health and Social Services' guidance, the following rules apply effective 8 a.m. April 16.


  • Places of worship may increase occupancy to no more than 75 percent of occupancy load. Places of worship intending to operate under this modified occupancy load must submit revised facility mitigation plans to DPHSS in order to operate under this Section. Places of worship shall additionally observe all mitigation measures imposed in applicable DPHSS guidance, including, but not limited to, social distancing of at least 6 feet and posting of appropriate signage; frequent cleaning of all surfaces; and mandating the wearing of face masks. Congregants of places of worship operating shall follow all mitigation measures imposed in furtherance of DPHSS Guidance.

  • Contact athletics, including those available at educational institutions, may resume competition subject to applicable DPHSS guidance, which shall include limits on spectators, requirements for sanitization, and the wearing of masks whenever practicable.

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  • Indoor dining at eating and drinking establishments shall be permitted to increase occupancy to no more than 75 percent of occupancy load, subject to requirement and limitations set forth in applicable DPHSS Guidance. Tables shall continue to be limited to no more than eight persons when dining indoors, with 6 feet distance between tables. Outdoor diners may be seated with no more than 15 persons per table, with 6 feet between tables.

  • All allowed activities shall be conducted utilizing mitigation measures identified in applicable DPHSS guidance memoranda, which may including, but not limited to, social distancing of at least 6 feet and posting of appropriate signage; frequent cleaning of all surfaces; mandating the wearing of face masks unless engaged in physical exercise, eating or drinking; and permitting/encouraging teleworking.