Saipan mayor’s office reopens

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THE Saipan mayor’s office is open again, but from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon only, Monday to Thursday, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said.

Staff members reported for work on Monday, and the office was reopened to the public on Tuesday.

“We can again conduct business,” Hofschneider said, but added that their clients should wear face masks and observe social-distancing rules.

The mayor’s office has also limited access to the lobby area for interaction, he said.

Although field operation is back, there is only a limited number of personnel, Hofschneider said.

“But we need to deploy field personnel because the island is in bad shape,” Hofschneider said, referring to the reported dumping of household trash in public areas.

“Those who do that have no respect for the island and for other people,” he added as he urged members of the public to help stop littering.

As for Mayor David M. Apatang, he arrived on Saipan on Saturday from Hawaii, Hofschneider said.

The mayor left Saipan on March 10 on a personal trip and had to remain in Hawaii after the global lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hofschneider said the mayor was quarantined on Guam before proceeding to Saipan.

When the mayor arrived on Saipan, he was immediately brought to the Pacific Islands Club for Covid-19 testing, Hofschneider added.




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