The CNMI government will be reopened in phases starting Monday, May 18, 2020.
In a directive last night, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said his administration believes it is now appropriate to initiate the reopening process for the government to enable it to once again provide services to the public. “By providing services the government will enable the rest of the community, especially the business community, to begin their reopening process,” he said in his latest directive.
The new directive becomes effective on May 17, 2020.
The reopening process will be conducted in a phased manner.
Starting Monday, May 18, 2020, most government offices will be open for a half day to provide government offices an opportunity to get social distancing systems and handwashing, and wearing of face masks in place and running in safe and efficient manner. Until May 23, government offices will be open four hours only, from 8am. to 12pm.
The next week, starting on May 24, government offices will open for the regular hours maintained by the office prior to the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At that point, the government will be fully open to the public.
“We stress that at all times the government offices and the public using those offices will need to practice proper social distancing, handwashing, and wearing of face masks. In that way, the government employees and the public using the government offices will stay safe,” the directive states.
Non-essential employees will continue to have Fridays off according to prior issued work-hour reductions.
All government employees subject to work hour reductions will continue to observe those work hour reductions. Supervisors shall ensure that proper social distancing practices are maintained in their offices. (PR/Saipan Tribune)