Businesses complying with safety protocols, says Covid-19 Task Force chairman

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THE businesses that have resumed their operations are complying with the health and safety protocols, Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez told the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday.

The casino, poker arcades and other gaming establishments remain closed, but Villagomez said the task force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. are working closely with the gaming industry in coming up with safety measures.

As for the businesses that are now open, they are “very cooperative and in compliance,” he added.

Community members are also complying with the curfew hours of 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

“No violations, [according to the Department of Public Safety],” Villagomez said. “Everyone is in compliance.”

Saipan Rotary Club past president Glen Perez said businesses will continue to adhere to the health and safety rules.

“And let’s open up wisely and control the situation,” he said, adding that businesses “know what to do.”


Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez, standing, speaks about  health and safety protocols at the regular weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Saipan at the Hyatt Regency. Also in photo are club president Sonya Dancoe, second left, president-elect Sean Ficke, left, and secretary Irene Holl, right. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

He added, “I am pleased with what I see happening. The Covid-19 Task Force is doing  a great job.”

In his remarks to the Rotarians, Villagomez said the task force and CHCC have successfully secured funding to expand the medical capacity of CHCC.

He said they are also monitoring spikes in cases on Guam and the U.S. mainland while implementing  quarantine procedures for returning residents.

He added that the CNMI will implement a responsible transition when it decides to reopen its tourism industry.

Rotary Club of Saipan president Sonya Dancoe expressed appreciation to the Covid-19 Task Force for sharing very important information with community.

She said the club is always willing to assist the task force in its Covid-19 awareness campaign.

As of Tuesday, the CNMI had recorded 33 Covid-19 cases and two deaths. On Guam, there had been 312 confirmed cases with five deaths, 210 released from isolation, and 97 active cases.



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