More repatriation flights to the FSM
Repatriation flights are due from Guam to Yap on May 11, to Chuuk on May 11 and May 30, to Pohnpei on May 14 and May 25 and to Kosrae on May 9 and May 30, according to a May 2 release from the Office of the President.
Masks in Guam now optional indoors
Guam’s mask mandate has been rescinded, as of 12:01 a.m. on May 3. Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero signed the newest executive order on May 2 which said, “Wearing masks in public settings shall be optional.
“This represents the lifting of our island’s final, remaining COVID-19 restriction,” she said during a May 3 press conference. “As we lift this final mandate, we must bear in mind the final battle is not over.”
While there was no “magic moment” to life restrictions, the science and data guided the most-recent decision, Leon Guerrero said. Currently, there are six people admitted to the hospital with COVID-19, none of whom require intensive care.
DPHSS also issued guidance on May 2, which stated masks aren’t required for social gatherings and congregations, but that stricter policies may be implemented by businesses or other entities, including, but not limited, to mask wearing, vaccination requirements, physical barriers, social distancing and limited occupancy.
“Our administration will continue giving relief until we ensure everyone is buckled in,” Lt. Gov. Joshua F. Tenorio said.
Both Guam Regional Medical City and Guam Memorial Hospital announced that indoor mask mandates at their facilities will continue.
In other medical news, GRMC announced May 1 an improved referral management program, through a “centralized referral hub.” Call (671)633-GRMC (4762) or email [email protected] for details.
Delegate advocates for SSI for Guam
In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, Guam’s delegate to Congress, said the Supplemental Security Income is a “driver of servicemember recruitment,” according to an April 29 release. His testimony also included advocating for road improvements throughout the island as part of the Defense Access Road initiative. San Nicolas said his request for a DAR study was entered into the records of the committee.
NMI appliance rebate returns
The Energy Division Office in Northern Mariana Islands has launched the Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands – Energizing Insular Communities – Energy Efficient/Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program (CNMI-EIC-EE/ESARP) for the second year.
Due to limited funds, rebate vouchers will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will apply to one refrigerator; one clothes washer and up to two air-conditioners (window-type or split-type units), according to a May 2 release.
Division of Energy staff will be on Rota on May 11 and 12 to distribute program applications to residents with confirmation numbers for submission, and to process and issue appliance rebate vouchers.
For further information or questions, please contact the Division of Energy Office at 664-4480/1.
Ban on live poultry extended in Guam
The Guam Department of Agriculture as of May 2 has extended its ban on live poultry imports from the U.S. states (with the exception of Hawaii) due to the presence of avian influenza – commonly known as bird flu.
The ban was originally announced March 8 and does not affect chicken meat, or eggs.
The Chamorro Village will re-open its Wednesday Night Market on May 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Bistro at Pacific Islands Club Guam is re-opening for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday Brunch is also back, beginning on May 8 – Mother’s Day.
The Guam Visitors Bureau relaunched its free Guahån Trolley Service “for island residents and visitors in Tumon” May 1. The trolley service is offered daily between Guam Premier Outlets and Micronesia Mall, with multiple stops scheduled in Tamuning and Tumon.
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The Guam Football Association will host the first-ever FIFA Football for Schools Tournament on May 7, at the GFA National Training Center in Harmon, with 32 teams from 16 elementary schools.
The Saipan Post of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3457 is hosting its annual Chili Cook-Off on May 7 at 4 p.m., at the VFW in Garapan. The event is free and open to the public and attendees may enjoy chili and other edibles and beverages.
The 15 participant slots are closing fast and participants should reserve slots by contacting Mariano Fajardo at (670) 285-0613. The judges are three volunteer stewards and cooks from the Military Sealift Command ships at anchor and judging will occur at 7 p.m.
The Chili Cook-Off is an annual event that VFW hosts for the purpose of helping to support veterans, their families, and the community.
The Marianas Visitors Authority Fun Run will take place in Saipan on May 14 – from Garapan Fishing Base along Saipan Beach Rd. Pathway to the Japanese tank at Quartermaster Rd. intersection and back. Register at https://raceroster.com/events/2022/60364/fit-to-lead-5k-cnmi-tourism-month-fun-run.
Guam’s Liberation Day Parade on July 21 is to go ahead with floats, drones and fireworks, but without a Liberation Day Queen competition or the carnival. Floats will not be charged this year. mbj