Torres renews two executive orders 

EOs were 1st issued in 2020 due to COVID-19 threat

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has renewed for 30 days his two executive orders that he first issued in 2020 due to the imminent threat posed by COVID-19. 

Torres renewed last week Executive Order 2020-04 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency and State of Significant Emergency to establish response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning COVID-19.

He also renewed Executive Order 2020-07, which ordered the CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management Office, through the CNMI COVID-19 Task Force in partnership with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., to undertake necessary COVID-19 containment measures by means of the development of emergency directives to protect the health and safety of the public.

Torres stated that COVID-19, through its variants, continues to pose a significant and imminent threat of harm to the community, environment, and people of the CNMI.

The governor cited that as recently as June-July of this year, a wave of COVID-19 infections spread throughout the community.

He said an emergency declaration is still needed to ensure the containment of COVID-19 in the CNMI.

Torres said as the CNMI continues to open up its economy to tourism from Asia markets, the chance of COVID-19 once  again spreading in the community is heightened. 

The governor noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services renewed its public health emergency last July 15 for a 90-day period indicating that federal public health officials still see COVID-19 as a threat to public health.

Torres has consulted with the CNMI Homeland Security  and  Emergency Management Office and the COVID-19 Task  Force, and believes renewals of the two executive orders are warranted. 

Some Democrat lawmakers have been questioning the governor’s continued renewals of the executive orders.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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