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Gaming establishments should follow Covid-19 protocols

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said before poker establishments can be allowed to reopen, “there are…protocols that need to be met."

He said poker establishments, which have been shut down by the government since April, will need to come up with a plan to make sure that they are safe.

In a press briefing Thursday on KKMP radio, Torres said a request should be made to the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, "then that’s when [the task force will] be visiting the establishments [to make] sure that those protocols are met."

For his part, task force chairman Warren Villagomez said there is a set of criteria that will be announced soon.

"We have identified [the] Department of Public Works and [the Bureau of]  Environmental Health to be the frontline regulatory agencies for the…establishments that are going to reopen.”

He said these establishments must meet all of the local and federal guidelines.

"We want to continue to be vigilant, and safeguard and minimize the risk of community exposure as we continue to do tests because...the future is right in front of us, and we want to make sure that... we continue to have a healthy and non-infectious population," Villagomez added.

As for  how soon the CNMI will move to Level Green, the governor said, "I think that we’re working on that slowly and we’re [still implementing] precautionary measures."

The island is currently at Level Blue, which is right above Green, the safest in the community vulnerability chart, and two rungs below Yellow and Orange, which was the level when the CNMI went into semi-lockdown in March.

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