Executive Order Signed Requiring Healthcare Setting to Implement Mask Wearing and Social Distancing

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order 2022-21, requiring healthcare settings to implement mask-wearing and physical distancing policies.

Island Health Officials—like American Medical Clinic Owner and former Chair of the Governor’s Physicians Advisory Group, Dr. Hoa Nguyen, and Interim Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Leon Guerrero, weighed in on the recent Executive Order in interviews with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

The Governor’s Director of Communications, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, says the Order intends to establish uniformity among healthcare facilities.

Interim Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Leon Guerrero expressed support for the EO, believing it was implemented to remind the public that we are still in a Pandemic.

However, Dr. Nguyen expressed differently — saying he was confused as to why this EO was put in place, as healthcare clinics like his own already require the public to wear masks before entering the establishment.

Nguyen says he doesn’t understand why the EO was not implemented for the general public, especially because the majority of cases are contracted from places where social gatherings can occur, such as — shopping malls, restaurants, and private functions.

He added, “The healthcare settings are very strict, you know. So I’m not quite sure what the mandate is all about, you know. If you look at the data, the outbreak right now is at the gatherings and the family level — it’s not at the healthcare setting.”

The Governor’s recent Executive Order was enacted at midnight last night.