Executive order eases restrictions on PPE imports to addresses critical shortage

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Executive Order (EO) 2020-19

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero Tuesday signed an executive order to ease restrictions on the import of personal protective gear in order to address the critical shortage of PPE equipment needed to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

Executive Order 2020-19  “suspends provisions” of any regulations that would “hinder or delay” Public Health’s ability to respond to the ongoing pandemic.

It instructs Public Health to adopt revised temporary guidance for the importation, distribution, and sale of COVID-19 personal protective gear.

This guidance will be limited in duration and will expire no later than July 15.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-12

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-12

DPHSS has issued DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-12 relative to revised minimum requirements for dine-in restaurants.

The revised guidance amends and adds the following provisions:

*It recommends covering chairs if made of fabric and other porous materials with non-porous material for easy cleaning and disinfection or disposable coverings as an alternative (such as paper coverings);

*It exempts booth seating from the 6 foot separation requirement provided that physical barriers are installed between booths or existing barriers are tall enough to adjacent parties;

*To the extent feasible, it requires staff to maintain 6 foot separation; and requires customers to utilize hand sanitizer or wash hands upon entry.

For further questions, please contact the Division of Environmental Health at 300-9579 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Updated Hours of Operation for DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care provider. If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians, or call 311 and dial option number 1.

(671) 480-7859

(671) 480-6760/3

(671) 480-7883

(671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)

For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.