Guam Visitors Bureau President Carl Gutierrez gave a preview of the governor’s announcement on the new 5-day rule for tourists during an interview with K57.
The former governor called it the “hot-versus-cold” protocol. Visitors from hot countries or states where the infection rate is high would still be required to quarantine for 14 days.
But tourists from low infection “cold” countries could stay for 5 days without showing proof of a negative test for COVID.
“For example, the way it’s played out, if Guam and Japan are cold areas, the tourists will come here, if they’re here for 5 days or less they go right to the hotel and have their vacation. If they’re going to stay longer than the 5 days, after the fifth day they have to take a test. If they pass that they stay longer,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez also highlighted the importance of the military to Guam’s economic health and he underscored the need to encourage the military to play an even greater role to help the island recover from the pandemic.
“Actually, to be fair to the 35 Air Force people that came in, they never infected anyone. They kind of stayed within themselves. It was our people out there that are interacting with different families that are causing these problems,” Gutierrez said.
He added: “The military is here to stay. We’ve got to work with them, live with them, and interact with them. And I know that there are some that want them out of the island but we’ve got to be realistic. Let’s re-discover the special relationship we had with them over the past 100 years.”
Gutierrez said GVB is working with officials in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan to convince them that Guam is safe and he’s also meeting with the airlines to urge them to put Guam back on their flight schedules.