US Territories’ May 18-24, 2020 news week in tweets
PUERTO RICO IS HOPING TO MAKE A NAME FOR ITSELF AS AN INNOVATOR IN PANDEMIC TRAVEL
Puerto Rico won early praise in its fight against the coronavirus for shutting down all nonessential business and imposing a curfew March 16. Now it is trying to make testing happen at the point of origin. In Puerto Rico, inbound travelers who are running a temperature or fail the medical interrogation are given 15-minute COVID-19 tests.
PUERTO RICO TO REOPEN BUSINESSES, BEACHES, CHURCHES WITH NEW RULES
Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, hair salons and retail stores next week under strict new rules. Governor Wanda Vázquez (NPP, R) announced Thursday that most businesses will reopen on Tuesday, but a 7 pm to 5 am curfew will remain in place until June 15.
US VIRGIN ISLANDS GOVERNOR REVEALS FINAL VERSION OF PROPOSED CANNABIS ACT
The Governor urged the 33rd Legislature to act quickly on his proposed Cannabis Act legislation in order to shore up the Government Employees Retirement System, which is suggesting a 42% cut in benefits.
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT DEPARTS GUAM
USS Theodore Roosevelt departs Guam to conduct carrier qualification flights for embarked Carrier Air Wing.
COVID-19 TESTING PLANNED FOR GUAM’S STREET HOMELESS POPULATION THIS WEEK
The Guam Homeless Coalition, its government department, and non-profit partners have announced that they will be testing the homeless in Guam for COVID-19 this week. Testing will be held from 9 am to 12 noon from May 26 through May 29 and gift bags will be distributed containing food and hygiene products.
AMERICAN SAMOAN SKELETON RACER NATHAN CRUMPTON EYES WINTER OLYMPICS GLORY
Nathan Crumpton is hoping to represent the US territory in the skeleton in Beijing 2022. He has won gold medals in the North American championships, which were the first gold medals American Samoa had ever won in a winter sport.
COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS ANNOUNCES TRAVEL PROCEDURES
The CNMI governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation announced the procedures for incoming and outgoing travelers.