CNMI starts implementing amended emergency directive


The CNMI government has started implementing its amended emergency directive and according to CNMI Governor Ralph Torres, the government had to enforce the restrictions because of two community transmitted cases in the CNMI.

The two cases include CNMI’s 50th COVID case which was identified through a mandatory pre-operation screening at the CHCC hospital in mid-August. The second one was identified through contact tracing, which strongly suggests community transmission.

In a message to the community, Torres provided more details of the emergency directive.

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Aside from the 10 pm curfew and the 10-person limit for social gatherings, the directive covers restrictions covering gaming and recreational activities.

“All businesses engaged in gaming, including the casino, video poker establishments and e-gaming facilities are hereby closed to the public…except if authorized to operate under an approved reopening plan by the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and CHCC,” Torres said.

He added: “All public parks, public pathways, and public beaches are open only for outdoor recreation for the purposes of exercise and wellness, both physical and mental, and shoreline subsistence fishing such as talaya rod and reel, and commercial fishing activities, subject to social distancing requirements.”

The restrictions will be in effect until Sunday, September 6, 2020.