Islandwide cleanup scheduled for Saturday postponed due to spike in COVID cases


Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio sent out a virtual message Friday morning announcing the postponement of Saturday’s Islandwide beautification cleanup event.

In his Facebook video, Tenorio said the recent spike in COVID-19 cases on island is the driving force behind the decision to postpone.

Guam’s DPHSS testing found 14 positive cases Thursday, along with an additional case of a Department of Corrections employee, who was tested at a private clinic (15 total).

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“We’re going to have to come back and take a look at that. We really need some time to contain the spread,” said Tenorio.

He’s still encouraging Island residents to clean up around their homes and pick up trash if they happen to see it while out and about.

“Most importantly, you need to take care of yourself and contain that spread. Wash those hands, wear those masks, and really protect your families,” said Tenorio. “I’ll be happy to join all of you when we’re able to get a better situation and it’s safer out there.”

The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association also released a statement saying, “As a result of the recent spike in local cases and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our community, our island’s leaders have decided to postpone the Give Us A Moment #GUAM Island Pride Beautification Event on Saturday, June 27, 2020. While this islandwide cleanup is a very important event for our island, the safety and health of our residents is our top priority. We are committed to rescheduling this cleanup at a safer time. We thank our partners, supporters, and volunteers for their commitment to making Guam a better place to live, work and visit. Information about the rescheduled cleanup will be announced at a later date.”