US Department of Justice rules on quarantine case
The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement June 23 that Hawaii cannot have a discriminatory quarantine policy that treats arrival groups differently.

The Hawaii policy discriminates against out-of-state residents, the DOJ said. The legal challenge was brought against Gov. David Ige by out-of-state residents who own property in Hawaii.

The DOJ filing of a Statement of Interest said the issue is one of constitutionality. “Hawaii likely has transgressed the Constitution’s limits by effectively discriminating between Hawaii residents and out-of-state residents with respect to the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states,” the department said.

“And this self-quarantine requirement has caused real harm to Hawaii’s tourist industry, at a time when Americans most need their States to support efforts to reopen businesses in a manner consistent with public health,” DOJ further said, citing several cases of precedent and saying the quarantine cannot be enforced  under Article IV’s Privileges and Immunities Clause. 

Requiring residents from states with less positive cases than Hawaii to quarantine was “over-inclusive,” the DOJ said, while under-inclusive with regard to Hawaii residents.

Alaska, unlike Hawaii, provides travelers with alternatives to the 14-day quarantine, the statement said. “ … it is incumbent on the Governor to demonstrate why Hawaii cannot adopt a similar framework …” the DOJ said.             

Similar cases have been brought in other states.

 

Carrier pulls into Guam for port visit
The U.S. Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike group arrived in Guam for what its public affairs office called a “safe haven liberty port visit” on June 24.

The group consists of the USS Nimitz, guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton and guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett and USS Ralph Johnson.

The full strike group can consist of 7,500 personnel, but previous groups on full port visits have numbered around 5,000 according to Journal files.

Sailors and Marines have access on Naval Base Guam to “specific designated areas on the pier and a secured beach on base,” the Niimitz group posted on its website. Facilities pier-side will include “food and beverages, along with WiFi … where personnel can use their phone and laptops,” the post said. Port visits can last between three to five days.

The Nimitz and a portion of the strike group left San Diego June 8, according to the Navy, which said that personnel were quarantined on land for 14 days and tested for COVID-19 before departure. Personnel will be social distancing and wearing masks throughout the deployment, the Navy said.

The group earlier conducted joint exercises with the Theodore Roosevelt strike group.

 

Department names names
The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services released June 24 the names of 30 businesses visited in June by 35 COVID-19 positive airmen deployed to Andersen Air Force Base who were lodged at the Guam Reef Hotel (See below).

Testing for people who may have been exposed will be announced, a Joint Information Center release said. A statement from Outback Steakhouse said it is following all directives and protocols from the Department of Public Health, including testing of all employees. Outback said it has no positive employees, conducts daily employee wellness and temperature checks, and fully sanitizes all dining and contact areas.

           

EstablishmentLocationDatesDined-inTake outNot  Applicable
ABC Store- Pacific Place BuildingTumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020  X
ABC Store- Grand Plaza HotelTumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020  X
Ban Thai RestaurantTumon6/9/2020 and 6/10/2020 X 
Ben N Yan’sDededo6/10/2020 X 
Burger KingTumon6/9/2020 X 
Circle K across from Reef HotelTumon6/11/2020  
Coffee BeaneryTumon6/12/2020 X 
Eggs N ThingsTumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020XX 
Fuji Ichiban RamenTumon6/10/2020 and 6/11/2020 X 
GogiyoTumon6/10/2020 and 6/13/2020X  
Guam Reef HotelTumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020  X
HambrosTumon6/10/2020 and 6/12/2020 X 
Jamaican GrillUnspecified6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020 X 
Jeff’s Pirate’s CoveTalofofo 6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020XX 
King’s RestaurantTamuning6/13/2020 X 
KmartTamuning6/10/2020  X
Meskla DosUpper Tumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020 X 
Mosas JointHagåtña6/10/2020X  
Ohana Beach ClubTumon6/10/2020  X
Outback SteakhouseTumon6/10/2020 and 6/11/2020XX 
Paradise FitnessHagåtña6/12/2020  X
Primo PizzakayaTumon6/9/2020 and 6/11/2020XX 
Snow MonsterTumon6/10/2020 X 
Sumay Bar and GrillPiti6/9/2020X  
Taco ShackAgat6/12/2020 X 
Taco BellSanta Rita6/12/2020X  
TGI FridaysTumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020 X 
Uomaru Honten Tumon6/10/2020 and 6/11/2020X  
Vitale’s ItalianTumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020XX 
YokozunaTumon6/9/2020 through 6/12/2020XX 

        

 

The U. S. Small Business Administration asked MBJ June 25 to remind readers of the following:

“The application deadline date for PPP is approaching. 

Please encourage small businesses and agricultural businesses to apply for both the SBA PPP (application deadline date is June 30, 2020) and EIDL (application deadline date December 21, 2020, subject to funds availability).”

 

Military on the move
Naval Hospital Guam held a virtual Change of Command Ceremony on June 23, with Capt. Thecly H. Scott taking over from Capt. Maria Young.

 

Kings Restaurant has bragging rights
King’s Restaurant received a Certificate of Achievement from the Department of the Army-US Naval Service for its provision of almost 400,000 meals to sailors of the USS Theodore Roosevelt from April 11 to June 21.

The certificate included reference to ensuring the quality and safety of the meals, improving the quality of life for the sailors and promoting collaboration between the Guam community and U.S. Naval Base Guam.