Restrictions partially lifted, Guam remains in PCOR1

119th Covid death reported; 31 new cases identified out of 1,165

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero announced the lifting of some public health emergency-related restrictions this week as Guam heads into the holiday season.

Although Covid-19 cases on Guam have been de-escalating in recent weeks, the islands remains in Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1, the governor said in her new executive order issued Monday.

Effective 8 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 15, the limit on social gatherings will be raised to 10 persons. Religious ceremonies occurring indoors may operate at 50 percent of the facility’s occupancy. Retail may operate at 50 percent of the facility’s occupancy. And diners enjoying outdoor dining may sit at tables not to exceed 10 persons.

“While some may say the lifting of these restrictions is too conservative— far slower than what we’d all like— I am heeding the counsel of our experts and our federal partners, who warn that because Covid cases are surging a across the United States, emergency resources may not be there for everyone who needs them in the event of a third wave,” the governor said.

Guam’s Covid Area Risk score has gone down to 1.3, surpassing the “Strive for Five” target requisite for easing of restrictions.