‘Gradual reopening’ continues this weekend

All GovGuam parks and beaches will re-open to the public, but no more than 5 people getting together.

Guam’s “gradual reopening” continues this weekend with Governor Lou Leon Guerrero lifting more restrictions starting tomorrow, Saturday.

Beaches, gyms, and even private pools!

Life on Guam is getting back to at least a sliver of normalcy after the governor signed her latest executive order.

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• Starting 8 am Saturday, social gatherings of no more than five people will be allowed.

• All GovGuam parks and beaches will re-open to the public, but again no more than 5 people getting together.

• Private community swimming pools and public swimming pools are also authorized to re-open.

• And gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios can allow their membership back in at no more than 25% capacity.

Any business or organization looking to reopen has to submit their COVID-mitigation plans to Public Health.

Places of worship can also resume services, ceremonies, and operations at no more than 25% capacity starting tomorrow.

Earlier this week, the Archdiocese had issued a release saying they would be opening at 50% capacity but that was before the Governor issued her order.

Father Mike Crisostomo, the Pastor at St. Anthony’s Church, says the capacity change won’t really be an issue for them.

“One of our requirements is roping off, or taping off, the pews so that every other pew is used or roped off. When we looked back, we didn’t even reach 30% capacity, we were even less than that. So when the Governor put out the executive order about 25% capacity, we’re meeting that already. We haven’t exceeded that because even though we would love to have 50% capacity, really a pew can normally fit 8-10 people; with social distancing, it can only fit 2-3 people,” Fr. Crisostomo said.

He added that the floors will be marked for communion to observe 6-foot distancing and the priest will sanitize his hands after every communion.

Everyone attending church will also have to register when they walk in just in case there is a need to contact trace.

As part of the governor’s eased restrictions, effective 6:00 AM on Monday, eligible child care facilities can welcome children back.

And as of 8 that morning, sports organizations can request authorization to conduct non-contact training.

The eased restrictions, come as the island recorded 62 new COVID cases yesterday. To date, there have been a total of 2,550 confirmed positive cases on island with 49 deaths.