Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, issued a statement Wednesday morning, saying she will authorize the opening of indoor religious services, subject to forthcoming public health guidance, effective Saturday, October 3, 2020.
According to the governor, she made the decision in consultation with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) and the Physicians Advisory Group and that the Archdiocese of Agana was notified of this consideration days ago.
“Unfortunately, contact tracing from March through August indicates that places of worship—not particular to a single denomination—experienced a significant number of COVID clusters. This is why we took the time to review and strengthen our guidance, which is forthcoming. We understand how urgently people want to return to their places of faith, and we are working to ensure that return is done safely,” Leon Guerrero said in the statement.
She added: “COVID-19 is still a threat, and if we don’t work to manage this threat responsibly, we risk even more lives and livelihoods. If you are sick, stay home. We encourage those who are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of COVID-19 to refrain from attendance at indoor religious services. We further ask the responsible leaders of our island’s religious communities to encourage their employees and congregants to download the Guam COVID Alert smartphone app whenever possible and maintain social distance.”