Roadblocks have been lifted, but public health emergency will be extended

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The roadblocks went into effect on April 11 at four different locations. They have led to traffic backups and aggravated motorists. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

The negative test results from Saturday and Sunday gave the governor enough confidence on Monday to announce she would lift the roadblocks by today.

The last roadblock was conducted last night. There are no roadblocks in place today.

The roadblocks went into effect on April 11 at four different locations. They have led to traffic backups and aggravated motorists.

The so-called “road closure – traffic flow plan” was meant to restrict travel and keep people at home. The governor this afternoon indicated they’ve served their purpose.

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“Because we are seeing better numbers, I have directed that the roadblocks will no longer be in effect starting tomorrow Tuesday. There will be roadblocks tonight, but as of tomorrow Tuesday and moving forward we will not have the roadblocks,” the governor said.

In addition, the governor reiterated what she told NewsTalk K-57 last Friday — that the public health emergency will be extended for another 30 days beyond May 5.

There are two reasons for that, said the governor. First, she needs to have the continued authority to maintain necessary restrictions.

Second, an emergency declaration must be in place for Guam to maintain its eligibility for the federal relief programs.

The Governor also said she intends to roll out her recovery plan on Thursday.

The results from the expanded testing, she said, will be used to determine what additional restrictions will be lifted and how soon they can be lifted.

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