CNMI Governor Ralph Torres has authorized all non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take administrative leave at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, and for all of Friday, November 26, 2021.
“For nearly the past two years, the ongoing global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to our Commonwealth, our nation, and to the world. For this reason, we owe great thanks to our frontliners—our doctors, nurses, first responders, the COVID-19 Task Force, and all our government employees for demonstrating proactive leadership, commitment, self-sacrifice, and service to our people during times of uncertainty,” Torres said.
He added: “Last Thanksgiving, I asked all of you to continue to look out for one another, and you have done more than that through your mutual kindness and cooperation. I will remain forever grateful to serve you. My family, my administration, and I wish you and your loved ones many blessings, good health, and a happy and safe Thanksgiving.”
The day after Thanksgiving had been dubbed “Black Friday” because it was one of the busiest shopping days of the year before COVID-19 hit.