Public restrictions are eased


Starting today, businesses that have facilities open to the public may now be open from 5am to 1am, social gatherings at public beaches are now allowed, and curfew hours are now between the hours of 2am and 4am. 

The CNMI remains at Level Blue, though, which is still one step from Level Green, which is the safest level. However, buoyed by the CNMI’s efforts to keep its number of coronavirus numbers down, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres amended the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives of 2020 yesterday to ease some of the health restrictions that are in place, effective today, Aug. 6, 2020.

“Due to the continued success of our COVID-19 preventative measures at the borders, as well as the cooperation of our community in adhering to guidance from our health officials, the CNMI remains safe from the spread of COVID-19, thus further relaxation of restrictions is warranted,” said part of the governor’s memorandum yesterday.

For businesses that have facilities open to the public, they may continue to operate outside the 5am-to-1am period but may not be open to the public. Businesses may not conduct drop-off/pick-up and delivery services during the curfew hours.

Businesses shall also limit occupancy to 75%.

All public beaches and pathways are open for all recreational activities, including social gatherings, subject to the social distancing requirements stated in the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives. 

Curfew hours on Saipan, Tinian and Rota are between the hours of 2am and 4am. 

“We continue to urge individuals to practice good hygiene, exercise social distancing at all times when not at home, and to wear face masks in public, especially when feeling ill,” the memo stated.

Torres declared a State of Significant Emergency throughout the Commonwealth on Jan. 29, 2020, and established response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures with regard to COVID-19.

Saipan Tribune
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