Get ready for that business lunch
            In her May 18 press conference, Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero announced restaurants will be allowed to offer dine-in service starting May 21 with an occupancy limit of 50%.

            Restaurants will also implement safety measures such as having only designated individuals perform tasks such as opening doors and accepting credit cards, possibly disposable items including disposable menus, sanitizing highly trafficked areas after each customer leaves and continuing to require the use of masks.

            “I was very impressed with the standards of plans and operations that the restaurant industry submitted to public health to comply with social distancing and decreasing contact,” she said. “They were very detailed.”

            Gov. Leon Guerrero said her task force was also evaluating easing restrictions on gyms and fitness classes as well as easing restrictions on parks and beaches.

            Leon Guerrero also announced that she, the Guam Legislature and the Guam Federation of Teachers had worked together to write Bill 359-35 to resolve the issue of double pay for classified government of Guam employees who were called into service during Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1. Government of Guam employees such as police officers, firefighters and nurses had expected double pay while serving during the early weeks of the pandemic, but an opinion by the Guam Attorney General found that such employees did not qualify for double pay under a strict interpretation of the law as applied to the period of time in question.

            Under the bill, any classified employee that worked from March 20 to May 10 will be entitled to one hour of additional annual leave per every hour worked not to exceed 240 hours, and up to 120 hours of that leave can be cashed out by the employee by Oct 1.



In other news:

Stores and restaurants ready and waiting
            Stores re-opening include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Apparel and Calvin Klein Accessories on May 21 at Guam Premier Outlets, Submarina in Dededo and Papa’s in Airport Road/Route 10a for take-out.


Guam administration moves quarantine cheese again
            A May 17 release announced that arrivals with CDC or WHO-approved COVID-19 documentation will still have to quarantine at home for14 days.

            This was not the case, as earlier confirmed to the Journal by Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero in a May 5 interview.

            The release also announced that those quarantined at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa would be moved to either the Santa Fe Hotel, Days Inn or the Wyndham Garden Guam on May 18, since quarantine contracts have been awarded to both properties.

            On May 16, the Office of the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands announced two more people tested positive, bring the NMI total to 21 with seven active cases, 12 recoveries, and two deaths.


TR carrier seeks hike in infected numbers
            According to May 16 reports from the U.S. mainland, the USS Theodore Roosevelt saw 13 sailors test positive again for COVID-19, after recovering and returning to the carrier. One has also been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to a Politico story quoting sources.

            All re-infected sailors have been returned to Naval Base Guam.  

            An earlier Pentagon press conference the same day referred to five re-infected sailors.

            Sailors began returning to the ship late April.


 Guam businesses light up
            Companies that lit up their properties for front line workers included the Tsubaki Tower on May 15 – accompanied by a colored fountain display, the ITC  building from May 14 to May 17 – in conjunction with the Consulate General of the Philippines and the Westin Resort Guam on May 15.


Next round of businesses open on Guam
            Guam’s golf courses, tennis courts, dive shots and animal grooming were authorized to open at 8 a.m. on May 17, in a May 15 release from the Department of Public Health – just in time for a rainy weekend.