Governor Lou Leon Guerrero announced on Friday that new restrictions will be implemented specifically for those who continue to be unvaccinated.
In a news conference, the governor said that a vaccination mandate will be required among establishments for entrance of patrons 12 years old and above. This goes into effect on Monday, August 23, with enforcement commencing at least two weeks from the effective date which will be on Monday, September 6.
All staff and patrons ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination to dine in at restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, movie theaters, food courts, sporting events, boat cruises, and other events before using the facilities or entering the premises.
“This is necessary because we know in these areas, mask-wearing is compromised,” Leon Guerrero said.
There will be certain exceptions. An executive order and a Public Health guidance are forthcoming to provide more details and specific locations and situations.
To further contain the spread of the virus, the governor said she will also be imposing a limit on social gatherings. Effective Monday, August 23, there will be a social gathering limit of no more than 100 vaccinated people.
And as always, the mask mandate remains in place.
As for schools, the governor said that while there have been positive cases reported in our schools, Public Health data shows that there are no clusters among the student population and these cases originated from home, social gatherings, or out in the community.
“For that reason, there will be no immediate changes for schools. But again, the best way to protect our children–most especially those not yet eligible to receive the vaccine–is to surround them with vaccinated people. This must start at home,” Leon Guerrero said.
She added that while her administration works to adopt the technology to make proof of vaccination easier, you can in the meantime prove your vaccination status by presenting any of the following: your hard copy CDC vaccination card; a photo of a vaccination card stored on your smartphone or electronic device; or a document of vaccination from your healthcare provider.
Establishments are required to refuse service to patrons who fail to show proof of full vaccination and the same applies to organized sports. Failure to do so will result in fines.
As provided under existing Guam law, for individuals, failure to comply with any guidance or directive issued by DPHSS with respect to the COVID-19 public health emergency shall be punishable:
= For the first offense, individuals shall be punishable by a fine of $100;
= For the second offense, individuals shall be punishable by a fine of $250; and
= For the third offense, and each additional violation thereafter, individuals shall be punishable by a fine of $1,000.
For businesses and nonprofit organizations, failure to comply shall be punishable:
= For the first offense, businesses and organizations shall be punishable by a fine of $1,000;
= For the second offense, businesses and organizations shall be punishable by a fine of $2,500; and
= For the third offense, and each additional violation thereafter, businesses and organizations shall be punishable by a fine of $10,000.
The governor said she had to impose the restrictions because of the rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. There are now 20 COVID admissions between the Guam Memorial Hospital and the Guam Regional Medical City. Of the total hospitalizations, 18 of the 20 admissions are unvaccinated, 3 are in the ICU, and 1 is on a ventilator.
“The data has consistently told us that 90% of hospital admissions are unvaccinated. We are fighting a much different pandemic than we were a year ago. Today, we are battling a pandemic of the unvaccinated. In order to fully participate in society, you must do your part and get vaccinated. What we do as a community today will determine our physical and economic health. That is why, rather than impose a lockdown, we will impose a restriction of movement for the unvaccinated,” the governor said.
She added: “Again, we are fighting a pandemic of the unvaccinated. In order to keep our people safe, those of us who are eligible must roll up our sleeve and get our shots. Please, protect yourself. Protect the ones you love. And protect our community.”
View the PDF below to read the entire executive order:EO-2021-19-Relative-to-Implementing-Vaccination-Requirement-for-Certain-Establishments-and-Activities-and-Limiting-Social-Gatherings