More restrictions eased; indoor dining allowed starting Saturday, 15 can gather

Indoor dining is now allowed up to 75% occupancy (PNC photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has issued a new executive order further easing some of the restrictions she imposed as part of PCOR-1, including allowing dine-in business for the island’s long-suffering restaurants.

Restaurants were previously only allowed to do outdoor dining and curbside delivery. But under Executive Order No. 2020-45, indoor dining for eating and drinking establishments will be allowed effective 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Under the executive order, in-person indoor dining shall be permitted at eating and drinking establishments at no more than 25 percent of the occupancy load, subject to requirements and limitations set forth in applicable DPHSS guidance, including the requirement that no more than 6 people be seated together when dining indoors, with a 6-feet distance between tables.

Aside from allowing dine-in services, the executive order also sets a limit of no more than 15 persons for social gatherings and congregations effective 8 am on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.

A “congregation” or “social gathering” is defined by the executive order as a meeting for a common and singular purpose of more than one (1) person where individuals are not members of a single household. The terms “social gathering” and “congregation” are not intended to include meetings of businesses, organizations, or government agencies held for the purpose of carrying out official business of such entities.

Despite the easing of these restrictions, the governor stressed that Guam continues to be in PCOR 1, during which some of the most restrictive conditions are imposed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

In addition, Guam continues to be under a Safer at Home Advisory during which all individuals, especially vulnerable persons, are encouraged to minimize travel outside the home.

When it is necessary to leave the home, all persons are instructed to exercise mitigation measures outlined in applicable DPHSS guidance memoranda to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Vulnerable persons” means individuals aged 65 years and older or individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

According to Adelup, all prior executive orders remain in full force and effect except to the extent that they conflict with this new order.

20.1223 SSD to Speaker Barnes re Executive Order No. 2020-45 - Relative to Further Amending Restrictions During Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1 (PCOR 1)