Governor: No new date yet for tourism reopening

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

With COVID-19 case numbers slowly edging up, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero says there’s no date in sight for reopening the island to tourism.

The Guam Visitors Bureau says it was eyeing mid-July as the possible new date. But on the air with K57’s Patti Arroyo this morning, the governor said she’s waiting to see the results of all the community testing.

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“I’m not inclined to provide a date. I’m more inclined to see how we can control and manage our risk here in terms of travelers coming in and looking at places that are high-risk and putting some stringent measures for those that are high risk.” the governor said.

She added: “Those places that we have our tourist markets in … South Korea, Japan, and of course Taiwan … they’re considered very, very low risk. And even FSM is considered very low risk. Those places score between 0 and 50 in the scoring that we are using, which is a very low and good indicator of the risk that they have in their countries, or in their control of coronavirus.”

New quarantine rules went into effect this week with GovGuam identifying 16 high-risk U.S. states in addition to the Philippines.

Reopening tourism on Guam would essentially mean no quarantining restrictions for those coming from South Korea, Taiwan, or Japan.