Governor institutes proof-of-vaccination mandate, prohibits unvaccinated from working after September 27

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero will be issuing an executive order requiring patrons of certain businesses to present proof of vaccination in order to enter the premises.

“Effective Monday, August 23, 2021, all staff and patrons ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination to dine in at restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, movie theaters, food courts, sporting events, boat cruises, and other events to use the facilities or enter the premises,” Ms. Leon Guerrero said in a Friday afternoon virtual news conference announcing the tenets of her impending order.

“We are facing a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” the governor said. “We will impose a restriction of movement of the unvaccinated.”

Beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, August 23, businesses that fall into the categories named by the governor above “must refuse entry to patrons” who do not show proof of vaccination, according to Ms. Leon Guerrero.

Failure to do so, she said, will result in fines: $100 for the first offense; $250 for the second offense; and $1,000 for the third and each subsequent offense.

Acceptable forms of so-called proof of vaccination include a hardy copy of your CDC vaccine card, a photo of that card on your phone or other electronic device, or documentation from your doctor that you’ve been vaccinated fully.

Thousands of private sector workers must be vaccinated, or be refused entry to their work places

The governor also set a deadline of 8 a.m., September 27, 2021 for workers of businesses in the categories she named to be fully vaccinated, or be refused entry onto work premises. A business’s failure to comply with her mandates will result in even heftier fines than those she will levy upon individual violators:

“As provided under existing Guam law, for businesses and nonprofit organizations, failure to comply shall be punishable: For the first offense, businesses and organizations shall be punishable by a fine of $1,000,” the governor said. “For the second offense, businesses and organizations shall be punishable by a fine of $2,500.  For the third offense, and each additional violation thereafter, businesses and organizations shall be punishable by a fine of $10,000.”

Social gatherings limited to 100 vaccinated

“To further contain the spread of the virus, we must also impose a limit on social gatherings. That is why effective Monday, August 23, there will be a social gathering limit of no more than 100 vaccinated people.” – Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero

No change to public school attendance policy

“While there have been positive cases reported in our schools, Public Health data tells us there are no clusters among our student population. These cases originated from home, social gatherings, or out in the community. For that reason, there will be no immediate changes for schools. But again, the best way to protect our children–most especially those not yet eligible to receive the vaccine–is to surround them with vaccinated people. This must start at home.”

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