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FSM’s Panuelo signs Covid-19 social distancing decree

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 25, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed a decree setting the national standards on social distancing measures during the Covid-19 pandemic public health emergency.

Under the decree, social distancing is encouraged, not mandated, but if/when the FSM becomes a Covid-19 country social distancing and other measures will be strictly enforced.

The decree may be found here:

http://gov.fm/files/August_25_Decree_on_Social_Distancing_Measures_during_COVID-19_1.pdf

FSM President David Panuelo signs the social distancing decree while Vice President Yosiwo George, AG Joses Gallen, Finance and Administration Secretary Eugene Amor, and Assistant Secretary Pretrick look on. FSMIS photo

“My fellow Micronesians,” President Panuelo said in a statement, “by implementing this decree and by updating our FSM Covid-19 guidelines, our nation has taken another step in preparing itself for our Covid-19 adaptation, mitigation, and repatriation efforts. I have no doubt that some of you will consider the mandates to be extreme, maybe even draconian — but I would emphasize to you all that the goal is not to punish anyone or limit liberties, but to keep our citizens safe. We have every intention of preventing Covid-19’s entrance into the FSM. If we continue to focus on developing airtight repatriation measures, then we’ll never get to the point where the bulk of this decree has to be implemented.”

“That said,” he added, “we’ve been so fortunate to be Covid-19 free so far that we cannot afford to become complacent. The dangers it poses to our nation and its communities are no less severe now than it was before. Following the decree promotes not only your own safety as an individual, but the safety of your family, your neighbors, and our entire nation.”

 

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