Reopening of Guam for tourism postponed

Gov Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has postponed the reopening of Guam to tourism following a spike in positive cases of COVID -19 this past week.

The governor is also extending the current health emergency for another 30 days through July.

“As a result of increased testing, we expect to increase positive cases and that’s exactly what has happened,” the governor said.

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Of the 309 people tested Thursday by public health, 14 were found to be positive. Another positive case was identified by a private lab and 2 more confirmed cases were reported Friday morning, said the governor in her Facebook address.

“I am alarmed, and I am concerned about the increases that we are seeing over the last couple of days,” the governor said.

Just a few days ago, the Guam Visitors Bureau sent letters to their tourism counterparts in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, advising them that tourists from their countries would be welcomed back next Wednesday, July 1, and that if they provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19, then they wouldn’t have to spend 14 days in quarantine. Now, a new letter is being sent out postponing that welcome.

“To continue to be cautious and to continue to be conservative and to continue to make sure that we protect our community, I am pushing back on Guam’s re-opening date for our tourist industry. We are sending notices to our Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan markets. We will also be extending the public health emergency for another 30 days,” the governor said.

On Saturday, June 27, at 1 pm, following the latest testing results, the governor said she would hold another news conference to update everyone on the quarantine protocols and the latest number of positive and negative tests for COVID-19.

No new date for the re-opening has been set yet and the mandatory 2-week quarantine will remain in effect for all visitors arriving on Guam no matter where they’re coming from.

“Please protect yourselves, protect your family, protect your friends, protect our community by wearing your mask, adhering to social distancing, washing your hands, and sanitizing,” the governor said.


READ the release from GVB in FULL below:

Guam postpones reopening of travel for Japan, South Korea & Taiwan
(June 26, 2020 – Tumon, Guam) Prioritizing the safety of island residents and travelers, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) has announced that the reopening of travel on July 1, 2020 into Guam for the countries of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan has been postponed until further notice.
“As a result of the recent spike in local cases and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our island community, we have decided it is best to postpone our reopening,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Guam has spent the last several weeks developing the necessary health protocols and guidelines for our residents and visitors. Although we must wear our masks and social distance, we can still share the Håfa Adai spirit. We’re all in this together—just six feet apart.”
Mandatory 14-day quarantine measures and testing requirements are still in effect for all travelers entering the island.
“It has always been the condition that if things change, we will revisit our reopening date. I want to thank our travel trade and industry partners for giving us a moment to get our house in order so we can all enjoy our beautiful island together at a later time,” said GVB President & CEO and former Governor Carl T.C. Guiterrez. “It is the right thing to postpone for the safety of everyone, and we are encouraged by the increasing level of interest in the number of tourists wanting to visit our island.”