Bars reopen; occupancy raised to 50 percent

The Venue managing director Phil Roberto

Bars have been given the green light to re-open today and Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero gave them an added bonus by raising the permitted occupancy rate up from 25 to 50 percent.

Phil Roberto, the managing partner for the Venue in Hagåtña, said he got the new guidance memo from the Department of Public Health and Social Services last night.

It’ll be a different experience for patrons at the Venue and all other bars tonight.

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The required social distancing plan Roberto submitted to Public Health requires everyone to be seated at a table. All the tables have been spread out and no orders can be submitted at the bar.

“We expect all our customers to be seated. We want to discourage mingling around, jumping from table to table. Stay within your group and that’s also how we’re going to maintain our headcount. If everybody’s seated, we’ll be close to our 50 percent capacity and then everybody else, if you wanna come in, you’ll have to wait in line outside,” Roberto said.

Childcare centers also got a pump up to 50 percent capacity from the previous 25 percent limit.

Bowling alleys, travel agencies, therapeutic massage businesses, museums, the zoo, and the aquarium have also been given permission to re-open as well.