Governor amends quarantine program for incoming travelers; eases more restrictions

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed an executive order amending the quarantine program for incoming travelers.

Pursuant to applicable law and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) guidance, all incoming travelers shall still be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

However, travelers who have been fully vaccinated will be exempted.

Effective at 12:01 am on May 15, 2021, the governor announced that all incoming travelers who have been fully vaccinated with an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Janssen), upon verification, will not be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

Travelers availing of this exemption shall be required to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and comply with applicable DPHSS Guidance, including for verification requirements.

Guam will still follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on international travel requiring all air passengers arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested no more than three (3) days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation.

Aside from amending the quarantine program, the governor also eased more restrictions on social gatherings.

Effective 8 am on Saturday, May 15, 2021, the limit on social gatherings and congregations shall be increased to no more than 100 persons.

The terms “social gathering” and “congregation” are not intended to include meetings of businesses, organizations, or government agencies held for the purpose of carrying out official business of such entities.

In her executive order, the governor continued to urge all eligible Guam residents to get
vaccinated as soon as possible.

All residents with smartphone capability are also encouraged to download the Guam COVID Alert app, which will alert individuals who may have been exposed to another individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The app is free, and available to download for Apple and Android devices.

Guam continues to be in PCOR 3 during which most activities are permitted to operate under moderate restrictions imposed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.