Governor signs executive order detailing PCOR-1

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Today, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order (EO) 2020-27, relative to placing Guam under Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCOR) 1 effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Beginning on Sunday, August 16, 2020, and through Saturday, August 29, 2020, all non-essential Government of Guam (GovGuam) agencies shall suspend customer-facing operations. GovGuam will continue to operate in a limited capacity, with some agencies completely closed. Several agencies shall remain operational with limited or no public access. Other agencies will remain fully operational, including public access. All members of the public needing government services are asked to contact agencies and departments by email or phone.

In-person voting in the 2020 primary election shall proceed on August 29, 2020, subject to DPHSS Guidance. Absentee voting conducted curbside shall continue by appointment. Voters should contact the Guam Election Commission with any inquiries.

From Sunday, August 16, 2020, all public gatherings or congregations for purposes of public entertainment, recreation, food, and beverage service, religious services, theater, bowling, fitness, and other similar activities, to include all public venues in which the serving, provision, or consumption of prepared food or beverages occurs at a table or bar, or for consumption on-premises, are prohibited.

From Sunday, August 16, 2020, and through Saturday, August 29, 2020, all places of business or public accommodations shall close and be prohibited from on-site operations. This prohibition on operations will not apply to businesses specified in applicable Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Guidance, which includes the following: health care operations, including home health workers; essential infrastructure, including construction of housing and operation of public transportation and utilities; grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores; businesses and non-profit organizations that provide for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities; pharmacies, health care supply stores, and health care facilities; gas stations and auto repair facilities; banks and credit unions; garbage collection; and hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses.

Non-essential retail businesses are permitted to operate, subject to DPHSS Guidance which shall include, at minimum, that customers will not be permitted to enter the physical premises but can pick up goods outside of the establishment from which they have already placed their orders.

All public and private schools serving prekindergarten through 12th grade will be closed for in-person instruction and activities through August 31, 2020, unless continued by further executive order.

All public parks and beaches shall be closed to all activities, except for individual use for purposes of exercise, subject to social distancing mandates.

Guam residents are strongly discouraged from unnecessary off-island travel to any destination.

(JIC Release No. 264)

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