Rep. LJ Castro: New directive needs to be revised

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REPRESENTATIVE Luis John DLG Castro said the governor’s enhanced social-distancing directive should be revised.

Luis John Deleon Guerrero Castro

The new directive, which was issued two days ago, requires many businesses to be open to the public from the hours of 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. only.

Castro said the new directive “has given our constituents and…the businesses affected, great difficulties.”

The limited hours, he added, have resulted in “long lines getting in and out of stores.”

The limited operational times have created difficulties in the delivery of goods needed by businesses, “and more importantly, made large groups of residents congregate at a time when we are asked to keep distances from each other,” Castro said.

He wants to know whether businesses were consulted prior to the issuance of the new directive.

He said Guam “is currently reeling from cases of Covid-19 continuously climbing with one death already, [but] the government of Guam, in its declaration for social isolation, exempted supermarkets and other businesses they felt needed to continue operating to provide services for the over 100,000 that call that island home. What we have seen with disasters such as [Typhoons] Yutu and Soudelor is that when resources are limited, panic gets triggered.”

Castro said although “most people have maintained orderly conduct since the issuance of the directive, it has made our constituents either worry about not being able to get what they can…or worry about potentially coming in contact with a disease we are all doing our part to prevent from coming to the CNMI.”

He added, “Yes we are in tough times, but we can only get through times like these if there is cooperation from all ends: From our businesses who have been doing their part to work through this trying time, from our residents who are being as patient as they can be with decisions made for their safety, and from the government that makes those decisions.”

Castro said he understands that “this was a tough decision to make for our chief executive, but when it comes down to it, I believe it is up to those businesses affected by this recent directive to decide how long they should make themselves available so our residents will not act impulsively.”

He expressed his appreciation for “the work our government has done via the Covid-19 Task Force to safeguard our villages and our islands.”

Everyone must continue to do what they can “to prevent the spread of Covid-19, through continued proper hygiene and social distancing,” he added,

“Tough as it may be, it is the reality we are in now. We just all have to be kind to each other, cooperate with one another, and ensure what is decided is best for all of us.”

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