Military personnel prohibited from going to bars, dine-in restaurants


Rear Admiral John Menoni, the commander of Joint Region Marianas, has issued an order prohibiting access to all bars and dine-in restaurants effective immediately.

According to Menoni, the order was issued in light of the increased reports of positive COVID-19 cases on Guam in the past 36 hours.

The purchase of food at restaurants for take-out consumption is still allowed, provided that all parties maintain appropriate social distancing, hygiene, and wear face masks in accordance with applicable military and local regulations.

The order is applicable to all Navy, Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel stationed on Guam. The order is also applicable to all commands, activities, agencies, and departments who are tenants or provide services within Naval Base Guam.

Department of Defense (DoD) and other U.S. Government civilian employees, dependents of military or civilian personnel, and other individuals who are subject to DoD authority are also advised to follow the guidance.

According to Menoni, his order is intended to be temporary in nature “until such time as the public health risks associated with the prohibited activity do not pose a significant risk to the health, safety, or mission readiness onboard Guam.”

Any violations of the order are subject to adverse administrative actions and/or disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Unless sooner rescinded, the order will terminate at 4 pm on Thursday, June 25.

READ the release from Joint Region Marianas in FULL below:

In light of the response to COVID-19, the ongoing public health emergency on Guam and Naval Base Guam, and increased reports of positive COVID-19 cases on Guam in the past 36 hours, effective immediately, access to all bars and dining in at restaurants is prohibited. This order applies only to all Navy, Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel stationed onboard Guam.
This temporary order will terminate at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 25 June, unless it is
rescinded sooner.

In addition, as of 18 June 2020, service members both permanently and temporarily assigned to Andersen Air Force Base must still limit travel to essential trips only, i.e. grocery shopping, gas station, post office, pharmacy visits, transit to and from work and individual outdoor exercise. 

Dependents are also highly encouraged to limit travel to essential trips only.
This policy will remain in effect until further directed.
Please visit the Andersen Air Force Base Facebook page for additional information:

All DoD civilian employees and family members are encouraged to continue to practice all precautionary measures to include social distancing, hygiene, and the wear of face masks. All DoD-affiliated civilians are also reminded to follow all Government of Guam Public Health policies while exercising appropriate personal responsibility.

LCDR Rick Moore, USN
Public Affairs Officer
Joint Region Marianas