GVB pushing to reopen bars in tourist district

Bars are now allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Visitors Bureau is lobbying for the reopening of bars in the island’s tourism district in light of Guam’s reversion to PCOR2.

GVB President Carl Gutierrez said bars should also be opened since restaurants are already allowed to open up to 50 percent capacity.

“I tried to convince the governor yesterday. And I don’t know whether she’ll consider it more. But I said that probably we can go beyond just restaurants and also open up some of the bars,” Gutierrez said during Thursday’s GVB board meeting.

According to Gutierrez, they even suggested that GVB be deputized to make sure that bars are complying with Public Health protocols and guidelines.

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“I think we should give the bar businesses the opportunity to also reap the benefits of reopening for tourism,” Gutierrez said.

GVB vice president Gerry Perez agreed, saying that the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association has already developed a protocol system that is acceptable for the restaurants.

“So I think there’s really no reason why we couldn’t do the same thing with some of the bars. Now, some of the very, very small bars may not qualify, but at least it does put in place protocols,” Perez said.