CNMI to enforce curfew hours, social distancing restrictions on Monday

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Starting Monday, August 24, the CNMI will be enforcing curfew hours from 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. and other temporary restrictions as part of its amended COVID-19 emergency directives.

According to CNMI officials, the directives have been amended to temporarily implement restrictions on in-person interactions, social gatherings, and business hours to protect the health and safety of the people of the CNMI. 

During the Governor’s media briefing at KKMP this morning, Kevin Bautista, the CNMI Governor’s spokesperson, provided more information on the directives.

He said the government is enforcing the directive in light of the new cases in the CNMI and the need to address the risk of community spread among residents.

Bautista also took note of the significant increases of COVID-19 in Guam, Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and the region.

“Governor Torres, the COVID-19 Task Force, and CHCC have identified that the same proactive measures that have protected the Commonwealth since the beginning of the pandemic must be reimplemented to prevent the further spread of the virus,” Bautista said.

Below are some of the restrictions that will be implemented on Monday, Aug 24, Monday:

  • Social gatherings and social activities with more than 10 people in a single room or single space will be prohibited. Social activities include but not limited to: community, civic, public leisure or sporting events, parades, fiestas, among others.
  • For churches, attendance will be limited to 50 percent of allowed occupancy to maintain social distancing and sanitation requirements.
  • The occupancy rate for restaurants and bars will be limited to 50 percent.
  • Curfew is at 10 p.m. until 4 a.m but businesses are expected to close at 9 p.m.
  • Restaurants and bars will continue to conduct temperature screening of employees and patrons prior to entering the establishment. They must document customer names, phone numbers in a log that must be accessible to CNMI officials and the COVID-19 Task Force.

This information will be updated.