CHCC issues certifications of compliance to 23 restaurants

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(Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force/CHCC) — On Monday, June 1, 2020, in response to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’s latest amendment to the CNMI Emergency Directives of 2020, the Bureau of Environmental Health of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. inspected and granted certification of compliance guidance for restaurants looking to offer dine-in services.

CHCC-BEH would like to thank the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers and the Saipan Chamber of Commerce for their partnership in planning the certification requirements. The certificate of compliance is a necessary measure to prepare restaurant and food service workers to deliver safe dining experiences for their customers, while also keeping themselves safe, and boosting consumer confidence to dine out.

Restaurants now certified for compliance during Community Vulnerability Level Yellow are:

Aiko’s Ramen, Susupe

American Pizza & Grill, Garapan

Bistro Marianas, Chalan Kanoa

Canton, Garapan

Cha Café & Bistro, Garapan

Godfather’s Bar (Restaurant Only), Garapan

Gold Ribbon, Chalan Piao

Latte Café, Garapan

McDonald’s, Garapan

McDonald’s, Chalan Laulau

Naked Fish Bar & Grill (Restaurant Only), Garapan

Nam Dae Moon, Garapan

Jang Won, Garapan

Kinpachi, Garapan

Oleai Beach Bar & Grill, Oleai

Piggy House, Chalan Laulau

Pepoy’s Café, Chalan Kanoa

Salty’s, Garapan

Subway, Gualo Rai

Subway, Chalan Piao

Surf Club, Chalan Kanoa

Zoom Café, Susupe

Zoom Chicken, Susupe

Restaurants offering take-out services can operate with valid food handlers and sanitation permits. Restaurants looking to open for dine-in services are required to have additional certification of compliance issued by CHCC-BEH.

A listing of restaurants open for dine-in service will be updated daily at the CHCC’s Covid-19 page on its website

While bars are still ordered to remain closed in level yellow, restaurants and bars during all community vulnerability levels must adhere to the following:

  • Enforce hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and use of face coverings by employees when near other employees and customers.
  • Ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hand hygiene practices for both employees and customers.
  • Provide physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks to ensure that customers remain at least six feet apart in queues or ask customers to wait in their cars or away from the establishment while waiting to pick up food.
  • Post signs on how to stop the spread of Covid-19, how to properly wash hands, provide notice that no one with symptoms will be permitted inside, and how to properly wear a face covering.
  • Sample signage is available for download at
  • Post “one-way” flow signs for entrance and “one-way” flow signs for exit to maintain crowd control.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wash, rinse, and sanitize all surfaces which come in contact with food after each use.
  • Send employees with symptoms home.


  • Discontinue preset tables- condiments, utensils, and tableware removed from table.
  • Ensure that all staff complete online ServSafe training specific to Covid-19 transmission reduction within one week of offering services.

Restaurants which offer dine-in services during level yellow must adhere to the following additional rules:

  • Limit occupancy to 25% of their originally permitted occupancy limit.
  • Require that patrons make reservations to control volume, and maintain records of one point of contact for each party for contact tracing purposes.
  • Limit parties dining in together to no more than four people. All parties must remain at least six feet apart, and are encouraged to use outdoor seating whenever possible.
  • Not offer self-service food or drinks, such as buffet style dining or beverage refill stations.

Restaurant owners can request an inspection for compliance certification online at the CHCC’s Covid-19 page at or can call the CHCC BEH at 664-4870/2/3 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Restaurant patrons should look for posted certification of compliance with level yellow requirements. Valid certificates of compliance are signed by BEH inspectors and include the restaurant’s sanitation permit number for reference. If you believe a restaurant is operating out of compliance with the rules, you may contact 664-4677 to alert regulators. The BEH may order an establishment to close if it is found to be non-compliant.

Restaurant patrons should plan to make reservations for dine-in service, limit parties to four people, and respect a six-foot distance from other parties dining in. CHCC recommends that restaurant patrons

 choose outdoor seating if it’s available, and see if the restaurant will accept food orders ahead of time to reduce your wait time.

The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and CHCC continue to encourage residents within the Marianas to practice social distancing, which means avoiding close contact with people in order to avoid catching the virus yourself and to avoid passing it on to others.

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