Guam back to PCOR-3 Monday; bars allowed 50% occupancy; non-contact sports to resume; eviction moratorium to end

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero today signed the much anticipated executive order mandating the transition of Guam to Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3, or PCOR-3, effective Monday, Feb. 22.

Under the executive order, bars and taverns will be permitted to operate starting Wednesday, 5 pm, Feb. 24, at no greater than 50% occupancy and subject to public health guidance.

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In addition, on Monday, March 1, at 8 am, non-contact athletics may resume competition, again subject to public health guidance to include limits on spectators, requirements for sanitation, and wearing of masks, whenever possible.

The governor issued the new order after the island’s CAR score dropped to 0.1, the lowest level it has even been, and after the progress being made in vaccinating the island’s residents.

“I asked you to strive for five. You listened. You cooperated and we acted together. I promised that if there was progress, we could see fewer restrictions. Today, I will be signing Executive Order 2021-04 to transition our island to Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3. This means most businesses and activities will be permitted to operate under moderately restrictive conditions,” Leon Guerrero said.

The governor also announced that the local eviction moratorium will end but landlords are still required to give 30 days’ notice.

“Early in the pandemic, we instituted a local eviction moratorium which was followed by a federal eviction moratorium to contain the spread of COVID-19. This was a temporary measure. Rent is still due and I encourage everyone to work together to establish payment plans,” Leon Guerrero said.

In closing, the governor reminded everybody that the island’s battle with COVID-19 is far from over.

“We have been here before. And we know all too well what happens when we let our guard down. So I am asking you … as we gradually reopen our island … to continue the very simple public health prevention measures that have gotten us through this God-awful pandemic,” the governor said.

Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio also thanked the community and the people for all the things that they’ve done to comply with the health and safety measures against COVID-19.

“And as we continue to relax and phase in this return to this new normal, remember that the virus is still out there. So I just like to ask everybody just to be mindful, if you feel sick, stay home, do not risk yourself, and don’t risk others,” Tenorio said.

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