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Under new directive, business as usual, sort of

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AT exactly 1 p.m., Joeten Garapan and many business establishments on island closed their doors to the public in compliance with the administration’s enhanced social-distancing directive to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the community.

The directive limits the hours of business operation from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the exempted establishments are the hospital, public and private health clinics, dental clinics, pharmacies, as well as “businesses that do not have high public interaction,” such as garbage collection, sanitation services, mailing and delivery services, and businesses of similar type.

The scene at Joeten Garapan, five minutes before 1 p.m., Tuesday.

At Joeten Garapan on Tuesday, there was no “panic-buying,” an employee told Variety.

The flow of customers was smooth, she added, but some customers had to be reminded about the proper distance between them, and to stand behind the blue line in the check-out area.

At D’Elegance Café in Garapan, markers on the floor designated the recommended distance between customers. The popular restaurant now closes at 1 p.m., in compliance with the governor’s directive, but its barbecues stall is open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for takeout orders. Check out its Facebook page or call 234-9226/9227.  Photos by Bryan Manabat

At one of the island’s popular restaurants, D’Elegance Café, an employee said they, too, remind their customers to keep their distance from one another.

D’Elegance now closes at 1 p.m., but its barbecue stall is open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for takeout orders. The restaurant can also deliver food for a minimum order of $15.

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