CNMI Governor orders closure of all schools

CNMI Governor Ralph Torres
CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres (File photo from the CNMI Governor's special address)

CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres has ordered the closure of all schools in the commonwealth for 10 days to mitigate against the community spread of COVID-19.

In an Oct. 29 letter to the CNMI State Board of Education, Governor Torres said protecting the health and safety of the people has been the main priority during this COVID-19
pandemic, and he will continue to do everything he can to keep the CNMI community safe against the virus.

“In consultation with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation and the COVID-19 Task Force, I am hereby shutting down all public and private schools and colleges in the Commonwealth for the next 10 days to mitigate against community spread as contact tracing continues,” Governor Torres said.

He assured the educational community, staff, parents, families, and students that
his administration will do everything as a government to protect the Commonwealth as they have successfully done throughout the course of the pandemic.

“We have the tools in place to contain this. We remind residents to continue practicing the 3 W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. All individuals are encouraged to take advantage of community-based testing, which resumes later today at Kanoa Resort from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to ensure the safety of all residents. We also encourage eligible residents who are unvaccinated to get vaccinated to protect against serious illness,” Governor Torres said.

He added: “This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to provide updates moving forward.”