Guam Chamber hosts virtual town hall; provides links
The Guam Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual town hall webinar on May 7 in preparation of some businesses re-opening on May 11. Guidelines for various industries such as hotels, retail stores and restaurants were clarified as Guam transitions from Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1 to PCOR 2. The shift to PCOR 2 maintains that people wear face masks and practice social distancing, as well as limit occupancy rates within establishments.

The chamber has provided the links to assist businesses:

Virtual Town Hall Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN3M7CeTQYc

Guidelines: https://www.guamchamber.com.gu/guam/guidelines-to-opening-guam-businesses-and-ngos

FAQs: https://www.guamchamber.com.gu/members

 

Rev and Tax updates FAQ for stimulus checks
The Guam Department of Revenue & Taxation has updated its FAQ section on the 2020 Recovery Rebates for Individuals. Residents who are eligible are advised not to use the non-filer portal on the Internal Revenue Service’s website and must file with Guam DRT by submitting an Economic Impact Payment – Non Filer Form. More information can be found at guamtax.com.

 

Guam Census set to resume operations
The 2020 Census of Guam will resume operations on May 11; residents can complete interviews via telephone or in-person at its office on the second floor of Century Plaza in Tamuning.

           

Guam residents to be paid, stimulus check web portal launches for NMI residents
Guam has received $107.8 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for Economic Impact payments, according to a May 6 notification from the Office of the Governor, which said the Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation “expects to process checks next week.”

The Northern Mariana Islands Department of Finance launched its web portal for residents to receive direct deposits of economic impact payments. Residents must submit a copy of their 2019 tax return if applicable, a copy of their 2018 tax return and banking information. The website is finance.gov.mp/stimulus.

 

HANMI occupancy rate at 8% in April
In a May 7 release, the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported an 8% occupancy rate among its 11 member hotels for April, which is a 90% decrease compared to April 2019. A total of 2,015 room nights sold in the month compared to 54,988 last April. This month’s figure does not include venue rentals related to the NMI government’s COVID-19 quarantine accommodations.

 

FSM president requests airline relocation
President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia issued a request to Caroline Islands Air to relocate all its aircraft and crew members from Yap to Pohnpei by May 31. The request was made to ensure that the airline can continue responding to medical emergencies between islan