CNMI COVID-19 Task Force enforces new curfew hours

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The CNMI Government’s COVID-19 Task Force has amended its current emergency directive to reduce curfew hours from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., starting Friday, May 1, 2020.

The Task Force enforced the curfew as part of its efforts to contain COVID-19 by stopping large social gatherings.

A memo issued on Friday stated that the directive has been successful in achieving its goals.

“Because of the demonstrated success of the community in following the curfew and refraining from social gatherings, it is now believed that reducing the curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. is now warranted.”

An extension will permit persons to exercise in cooler temperatures and expand the hours for fishing. These activities, and other similar activities, are critical to maintaining our community’s physical and mental well-being as long as social distancing requirements are met, according to the task force.

“The CNMI is now moving into this new phase of restrictions by reducing the curfew hours,” the task force emphasized.

Here’s the memo in full:

Memo - Reduction in Curfew Hours - Amendment to Directive 16 of the CNMI COVID-19. Emergency Directives