Military drops mask mandate on Guam; Adelup says mandate remains

The head of the military command on Guam repealed the mandate for indoor public setting mask wear on military installations.

“[M]ask wear is not required for [Department of Defense] personnel or visitors onboard [DoD] installations on Guam,” Admiral Benjamin Nicholson ordered in a Monday memorandum. He is the commander of Joint Region Marianas.

The commander, in his memo, cited Guam’s improving public health conditions. He also referenced the island’s assessment by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “as having a ‘MEDIUM’ COVID-19 Community Level.”

Adelup to maintain mask mandate

“The mask mandate remains in place,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s spokeswoman, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, confirmed Monday morning regarding civilian community restrictions. “Again, Gov. Leon Guerrero has always been open to the lifting of additional restrictions, if data supports it.”

“At this time, Guam’s COVID-19 Community Level is MODERATE based on the latest available data of new COVID admissions per 100,000 population (7-day total), percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and new cases per 100,000 population (7-day total). Guam’s Community Level utilizes the same methodology as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Community Levels,” Ms. Paco-San Agustin added.

The CNMI, which never had a government-issued mask wear mandate, Sunday dropped its recommendation for indoor public setting mask use, except in patient-serving areas.

Hawaii over the weekend ended its mask mandate.

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