Majority of food establishments in Saipan have reopened

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

Following the CNMI’s transition from Community Vulnerability Level Yellow to Blue, a COVID-19 Task Force official has reported that the majority of the food establishments in Saipan have reopened.

Under Level Blue, all businesses that offer food or beverages for on-premises consumption, including bars and restaurants, must serve dine-in customers following social distancing rules and at 50 percent of their originally permitted occupancy limit,

This week, COVID-19 Task Force chairman Warren Villagomez reported on the significant progress made by these dine-in establishments in an online press conference hosted by radio station KKMP.

Villagomez said that based on the reports from the CNMI’s Bureau of Environmental Health, around 90 percent of the restaurants in Saipan are in compliance with the reopening guidelines.

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“They’ve been …based on the reports … they’ve been very policy-adherent …  so they’ve been really good in making sure that they have social distancing lines and shields in their counter cashier area and they are directing the flow within the entry point and the exit point. Based on ABTC and Commerce’s assessment as well, we got good feedback,” Villagomez said.

Under the CNMI Economic Recovery Plan, Level “Blue” shows significant progress in COVID-19 community-based testing and represents the fourth point of phasing before “Green” — which is the safest level in the vulnerability spectrum.