Governor signs executive order on stricter restrictions; issues ‘hotline’ phone numbers

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order No. 2020-28, relative to ordering Guam residents to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home.

Effective at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020, and to continue for an initial period through 12:00 p.m. on August 28, 2020, and with the concurrence of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) as expressed in DPHSS Directive No. 34, all persons in Guam are directed to stay at home, subject to limited exceptions such as obtaining food and household necessities, going to and from work at critical businesses, as identified in applicable DPHSS Guidance, seeking medical care, caring for dependents or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location.

The Government of Guam (GovGuam) will continue to operate but without public access. All GovGuam agencies shall suspend all customer service functions, except for those functions critical to the health and safety of the community. GovGuam employees shall work from home unless their in-person services are deemed critical by their respective agencies.

All businesses other than those designated as “Critical Businesses” under applicable DPHSS Guidance issued pursuant to this Executive Order, shall close temporarily.

Pursuant to Section 3317, Article 3, Chapter 3 of Title 10, Guam Code Annotated, all public gatherings or congregations are prohibited.

All GovGuam parks and beaches shall be closed to all activities.

Effective 12:00 p.m., Friday, August 21, 2020, all places of business or public accommodations shall close and be prohibited from on-site operations. This prohibition on operations shall not apply to specifically enumerated businesses as set forth in applicable DPHSS Guidance, which shall include the following: health care operations, including home health workers; operation of public transportation and utilities; grocery stores, farmers’ markets, drive-thru food sales at restaurants, food delivery, 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; 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.

Other businesses and service providers not specifically mentioned above may request permission to operate from the DPHSS. The DPHSS may grant such allowance if it determines that the requested service is necessary to assist in the protection of life and health and if such service cannot be delayed for the one week period during which the closures set forth in this Order are in effect.

To preserve the health and safety of students, their families, school staff, and the public and to provide continuity of education during the COVID-19 pandemic, pursuant to Section 3317, Article 3, Chapter 3 of Title 10, Guam Code Annotated, all public schools buildings and facilities shall be closed to all employees unless their in-person services are deemed critical by the Guam Department of Education. Instructors may continue providing distance learning services to the extent possible from their homes. Private schools shall be closed to all employees, but may likewise provide distance learning services from home.

Pursuant to Section 3333, Article 3, Chapter 3, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated, all persons entering Guam shall be subject to quarantine pursuant to this Section and Sections 19604 and 19605 of Article 6, Chapter 19, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated. Such quarantine will be administered in accordance with applicable DPHSS Guidance, which shall include quarantine in a government qualified facility.

Businesses that would like to request permission to operate are advised to call 300-6579 or email dphss-deh@dphss.guam.gov.

Critical Business Hotline Available

For more information, contact the critical business hotline at the following numbers, operational Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:

475-9473

475-9390

475-4770

475-3221

475-9213

GBHWC Crisis Hotline Available 24/7

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) has a Crisis Hotline that is available 24/7 at (671) 647-8833/4. For those feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed or are needing to talk to someone, GBHWC has licensed experienced providers available, ready to assist the community with any heightened stress and anxiety experienced as a result of COVID-19.

(JIC Release No. 279)

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