With restrictions lifted, food safety inspections resume

Catherine Del Mundo, with DEH, says the issues so far haven't necessarily been the capacity limits.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ division of environmental health has been back out inspecting restaurants and dine-in facilities with restrictions lifted in the past couple of months.

Food safety officers are dropping in unannounced to investigate complaints and ensure that protocols, especially in the COVID-19 era, are being followed.

Catherine Del Mundo, with DEH, says the issues so far haven’t necessarily been the capacity limits.

“Not only were they not in compliance with the executive orders and the Public Health memos that have been going out, but also with the regulations that preceded them. So, there were some permits that were suspended,” Del Mundo said.

She added: “One of the most common ones that we’ve been seeing is a lack of a manager with a manager certification present during hours of operation. So, if that’s observed that there’s no manager with a manager certification, then that would result in the suspension of the sanitary permit of the establishment.”

This week, Joint Region Marianas lifted the order that banned military personnel from dining in and going to bars. However, Andersen Air Force Base reversed that decision for its active duty members yesterday.

All AFB service members are limited to essential activities only and are prohibited from dining in or going to bars.