24 Sep 2020

Guam will relax Covid restrictions, slightly

7:38 pm on 24 September 2020

Guam's governor has slightly relaxed the territory's Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, effective from noon on Friday.

Guam has been the worst-affected Pacific island by the coronavirus, with more than 2,200 positive cases on the island. 45 cases were confirmed on Wednesday, and 38 people have died in all.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero announces spike in cases and subsequent restrictions

Lou Leon Guerrero. Photo: Governor's Office

Lou Leon Guerrero says strict restrictions remain, including limits to the number of people allowed to gather and mandatory quarantine for all incoming travelers.

However, from Friday, retail and service stores can repen at 25 percent capacity, solitary sports will be allowed, and outdoor dining can resume.

"Our case positivity rate is gradually on the decline. Covid hospitalisation census is gradually decreasing," she said.

"Based on the available health and mobility data and guidance, we are announcing the relaxation of some restrictions recognising that we must manage this virus as best we can, not simply let the virus manage us."

Guerrero also announced the launch of a Covid tracing app for Guam.