Residents flock to retail stores, outdoor dining

Residents line up at Ross in Tamuning. (Viewer submitted photo)

During the weekend, many Guam residents took advantage of the more relaxed rules concerning retail outlets and outdoor dining.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero last week announced that retail stores may operate at no greater than 25% capacity and that restaurants are allowed to operate but limited to outdoor dining.

PNC went around the island on Saturday and noticed many residents in the malls and other retail outlets, especially the Ross discount store.

Aside from the 25 percent capacity rule, retail stores were allowed to operate subject to the following conditions: mandating the wearing of masks and social distancing of at least six (6) feet, providing for easy access to either a hand-washing station or hand sanitizer, and encouraging all employees and patrons to download the Guam COVID Alert App.

Restaurants with outdoor dining facilities also offered their services likes Mosa’s in Hagatna, Agat Marina Grill, and Ban Thai, Mi Sazon, and Red Lobster in Tumon.

For the limited operation of restaurants, the following rules apply:

= The dining area may be covered to protect from the elements but shall not be enclosed by more than two walls;

= Adherence to the Guam Food Code;

= Prohibition of indoor dining;

= Each party must be comprised of individuals from the same household and not to exceed six (6) people; and

= Customers must wear face masks when speaking with the employees; and

All tables between different parties must be at least 6 feet apart or have a physical barrier between the parties which is of sufficient height and width.