Governor signs Executive Order on quarantine and isolation

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On Sunday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order No. 2020-33, relative to the utilization of quarantine and isolation to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Travelers to and individuals already in Guam, including residents and non-residents, may be subject to quarantine and isolation pursuant to the laws of Guam. Such quarantine and isolation may occur in government qualified facilities.

Pursuant to Section 3333(d) of Title 10, Guam Code Annotated, and in consultation with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), Section 6 of Executive Order No. 2020-04, Section 3.c. of Executive Order No. 2020-11, Section 1.d. of Executive Order No. 2020-14, Section 2.d. of Executive Order No. 2020-16, Section 1.b. of Executive Order No. 2020 20, Section 3 of Executive Order No. 2020-22, Section 3 of Executive Order No. 2020-25, Section 2 of Executive Order No. 2020-28, and Section 4 of Executive Order No. 2020-29, are hereby rescinded.

If any provision of this Executive Order or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Order that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end, the provisions of this order are severable.

As to why this updated EO had to be issued, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the Governor’s Press Secretary said, “it makes clear that our quarantine and isolation procedures rely on authorities set out in 19604 and 19605 rather than in 3333.”

“Because the power to quarantine relies on a broad framework of organic and statutory authorities, we want to make clear that we have available every legal tool in the toolbox and are not limited to utilization of a singular provision to the exclusion of any other. COVID-19 isn’t endemic to Guam. It was brought here by travelers. One hundred and one times since March a person tested positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine. That’s thousands of people saved from infection, dozens not hospitalized, and fewer moments of silence,” said Paco-San Agustin.

All prior Executive Orders remain in full force and effect except to the extent they conflict with this Order.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

The Governor’s latest Executive Order:

20.0920 SSD to Speaker re Executive Order No. 2020-33 - Relative to the Utilization of Quarantine and Isolation to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

(JIC Release No. 349)

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