Following a week’s worth of low to no positive cases of COVID-19, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero this afternoon took the first step towards re-opening the island to tourists by loosening quarantine restrictions by next Friday and declaring PCOR-3 at midnight Monday.
“After consulting with my Physicians Advisory Group and the State Surgeon Cell, I am declaring that Guam will be in Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3 effective midnight, Monday, July 20,” the governor said.
What that means is that all businesses will be allowed to operate with the exception of senior citizen centers and organized sports leagues, tournaments, and events.
PCOR 3 also allows all schools to re-open, from kindergarten to 12th grade along with UOG and GCC.
However, all schools and businesses must submit a reopening plan to Public Health.
In addition to reopening more businesses, the governor said that the social gatherings limit will be increased from 25 to 50 people applicable to outdoor gatherings.
The governor also announced the loosening of the quarantine restrictions effective next week Friday, July 24.
The change cracks the door open for tourists who will be allowed to stay for up to 5 days without showing proof of a negative test for COVID.
Dr. Felix Cabrera, of the governor’s physician advisory group, said the 5-day stay would apply to visitors from low-risk countries South Korea, Japan Taiwan, the FSM, the CNMI, and Palau.
“If your stay is less than 5 nights, then at this point here you won’t require any testing coming into Guam. And then while you’re in Guam, you will not be required to quarantine or test any further,” Cabrera said.
If you stay longer than 5 days, then you’ll have to take a PCR test. If the test is negative, there’s no quarantine but if the test is positive there will be a 14-day quarantine.
Quarantine will also be loosened for returning island residents.
“Are you originating from a low-risk area? If you’re not from that area, then you will be required to have a negative PCR test 5 days prior to arrival. This differs from the last protocol where we were requiring 72 hours. So this hopefully will be easier for travelers. If you do not have this test done and the results, then you will be quarantined at a government facility. If you do have this test and it’s negative then you will be allowed to quarantine at home,” Cabrera said.
The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) issued the following statement on the Governor’s PCOR-3 announcement: