The CNMI Government started implementing its amended COVID-19 executive order last week and since then the government has already recorded 85 businesses and establishments that are non-compliant with the directives.
The directives had been amended to temporarily implement restrictions on in-person interactions and social gatherings to protect the health and safety of the people of the CNMI.
The directive includes a 10 pm curfew and a 10-person limit for social gatherings, and for businesses — reduced hours and occupancy rates as well as stricter social distancing measures.
As part of the process, the government’s enforcement arm — the CNMI’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Control — went out to the community and inspected 245 businesses.
During the CNMI Governor’s media briefing this morning, ABTC director David Maratita said they issued shutdown orders for a bar and a laundromat in Saipan over the weekend. Yesterday, the owners submitted their mitigation plan to the division.
Overall, Maratita reported a 35 percent noncompliance rate since the directive was enforced.
(Footage from CNMI Governor’s media briefing at KKMP)
“We have inspected a total of 245 inspections. Out of this, we have 154 compliant establishments and that is a total of 63 percent. Out of this inspection, we have 35 percent that are non-compliant with the directives and that is about 85 establishments. We have two establishments that have been shut down over the weekend,” Maratita said.
He added that the non-compliant establishments were subsequently advised, educated, and warned to fix their violations. He said another round of inspections will be done in the coming days.