Curfew hours now 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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THE curfew hours are now 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. instead of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

A memorandum issued Friday by Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna and CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management special assistant Gerald Deleon Guerrero stated that “because of the demonstrated success…in following the curfew and refraining from social gatherings, it is now believed that reducing the curfew hours…is warranted.”

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres concurred with the amended curfew hours.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an emergency directive, including curfew hours, was implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The directive aims to “ease the load on our stretched law enforcement personnel by allowing fewer personnel to patrol greater amounts of our islands. The directive has been successful in achieving its goals,” the memorandum stated.

The recent reduction of curfew hours will “permit persons to exercise in cooler temperatures and expand the hours for fishing. These activities, and other similar activities, are critical to maintaining our community’s physical and mental well-being as long as social distancing requirements are met,” the memorandum added.

The curfew hours still apply to all persons in the Commonwealth. Those exempted are law enforcement officers, Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel, first responders on duty, those lawfully employed and are driving to or from their workplace, and those going to or returning from admission to the hospital for medical treatment.

In the memorandum, Torres, Muna, and Deleon Guerrero stated, “We wish to extend our appreciation to the community for their patience and cooperation with the curfew. Your cooperation in following the curfew, not participating in large social gatherings, following strict social distancing guidelines, and following our other Emergency Directives will prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our islands.”

They added, “This amendment in no way means that there is no longer a threat to the CNMI community. In the absence of treatments and vaccines proven to be safe and effective, please continue to turn to social distancing to avoid a spike in serious illnesses and deaths that could overwhelm our healthcare system.”


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