Navy closes beaches inside base as locals express concern

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A video making the rounds of social media shows military personnel enjoying the beach inside the base. (Viewer submitted photo)

A video making the rounds of social media shows military personnel enjoying the beach inside the base.

This has caused concern to some residents who pointed out that Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s executive order has shut down beaches and parks throughout the island to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The directive came with a warning of criminal liability for those found violating the EO. But on base, the governor’s directive didn’t appear to be implemented.

The Navy didn’t get on board with the Governor’s directive until earlier today, Monday, when the Navy announced: “In line with current PCOR1 limitations, all beaches on Naval Base Guam are closed until further notice. Beaches will remain available for sandbox liberty only.”

Meanwhile, a post from the AAFB Facebook page on Sunday indicates that the Tarague Beach basin remains open for physical activity and relaxation but patrons are required to follow all 36th Wing COVID-`9 mitigation measures.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.