GPD has cited 2000 unauthorized social gatherings since return to PCOR1

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The Guam Police Department has responded to a total of 2000 complaints related to social gatherings since the island returned back to PCOR1.

GPD’s COVID response team has been receiving calls complaining of residents not complying with physical distancing restrictions.

From those calls, GPD has cited about 2000 social gatherings since the island went back into PCOR1 in August.

The gatherings were from many different areas around the island such as beaches, parks, private homes, and business establishments.

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GPD counts the number of people present at the gatherings and they were either verbally warned or issued a citation.

GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao went on air with K57’s Patti Arroyo stressing that all residents must continue to follow the Safer-At-Home executive order so that the island can go back to normal.

“We want to reflect the numbers and understanding that people are not understanding why we’re doing this type of enforcement. There’s a lot of interaction that’s going on and people are either not grasping or understanding. It’s sad to say but some people just don’t care and we want to see the numbers go down. We all want to be able to turn the corner, we want the kids to go to school, and we want to open up the businesses. But there has to be a balance,” Tapao said.

According to the latest restrictions of the Safer-At-Home order, all public gatherings and congregations not specifically authorized are still prohibited.