A month before the Northern Marianas is expected to welcome back tourists, Governor Ralph Torres has lowered the islands' community vulnerability to Level Blue further easing Covid-19 restrictions in place since March.
The move means a partial resumption of international flights, curfew is amended to begin at 12am and end at 4am, and building occupancy restrictions are increased to authorise establishments to allow up to 75 percent of their original capacity.
Level Blue is just above Green, the safest in the community vulnerability chart and two rungs from Yellow and Orange, which was the level when the CNMI went into semi-lockdown nearly three months ago.
Level Blue also allows restaurants and bars to serve dine-in customers under strict social distancing parameters and 50 percent of their originally permitted occupancy limit. It was 25 percent under Level Yellow.
Gatherings of people from different households of less than 25 people are also now permitted. No more than 10 were allowed during the previous level.