Sen. Pedo Terlaje: COVID-19 testing should still be required for tourists on re-opening

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Guam Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje is urging that visitors still be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test once the 14-day mandatory quarantine is lifted for passengers arriving from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea on July 1.

During her virtual news conference Wednesday afternoon the Governor announced the conditional reopening of Guam to tourists from those three countries. She said they will be monitored for disease on arrival but its unlikely they’ll be required to provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

“This does not do any good to our viability as a tourism destination,” said Sen. Terlaje in a statement to the media. “Nor does it protect the health and safety of our residents.”

Sen. Terlaje chairs the Committee on Public Safety and Border Safety, among other committees.

“Without testing visitors first for Covid-19  before they travel to Guam, we are opening ourselves up to a greater risk of a second wave and another lock down,” said the Senator.
“Just like we make sure air travelers are not carrying weapons or explosives before they travel we need to make sure they are not carrying Covid-19 and inadvertently spreading harm to others.  This must be done by doing tests. It’s common sense.”

The final guidance on re-opening the tourism markets is expected next week.