Be warned: Violators of PCOR-1 restrictions face $1,000 fines and misdemeanor charges

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Not using face masks can result in a misdemeanor charge and a $1,000 fine.

For one week, all island residents deemed non-essential workers have been told to stay in their homes, a directive by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to curtail the rate of infection, in light of 105 positive cases reported Thursday.

And if the executive orders are disobeyed, this could result in misdemeanor charges.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services has issued clarifications on what constitutes a violation of the governor’s executive orders and according to the memo, it’s any condition that presents a danger to life or is injurious to health which the Public Health director deems a public nuisance.

This includes not using a face mask, not complying with social distancing of at least 6 feet, and not complying with the required number of individuals allowed for social gatherings.

Business owners are also deemed a public nuisance if they do not enforce these measures or fail to implement the industry-specific guidance plans developed in alignment with the COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

If a business or individual is found to be violating these directives they can be on the hook for a misdemeanor if found guilty. This means that an individual could be fined $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.