Weekend Update: May 2, 2020

We hope that you have had a chance to review the Governor's Chålan Para Hinemlo' (Road to Recovery) plan. If not, please take some time to review it very soon to familiarize yourself with the phase in approach based on conditions as outlined by the Guam Recovery Panel of Advisors and the Governor's Physicians' Advisory Group. These conditions are as follows:
  • Medical Data and Public Health Preparedness
  • Mitigation of Risk Resurgence
  • Prevention in Overwhelming the Health Care System
  • Implementation of Familiar Condition of Readiness Levels

May 9th is the target date for the relaxing of restrictions and subsequent declaration of PCOR 2. Once the new declaration has been made by Governor Leon Guerrero, the businesses listed for approval (page 9, Chålan Para Hinemlo') to open their doors on a limited basis to the public as long as guidelines specific to their industries are put in place and followed. These guidelines will be announced prior to the declaration. We will keep you posted.

We encourage you and your company to prepare for the eventual return to work. There are a number of very good resources to help you with general guidelines that meet CDC and DPHSS requirements. We have links below for your ready reference.

I mentioned in last weekend's message that the private sector plays a critical role in our economic recovery. We can't stress this enough to our government officials. The Chamber has fielded several phone calls from many of our struggling companies. We have sent a letter to Speaker Tina Muña-Barne s in support of Bill No. 351-35 , which seeks to establish an economic support program for micro-businesses whose operations were closed by Executive Order 2020-05 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are urging our Guam Legislature to support this bill when they go into special session on Tuesday, May 5th. If you and your company has been impacted we ask that you join us in contacting senators to support this legislation.

To support this effort and our continued quest to support our local businesses impacted by this crisis, we have put together a 4-question poll. Please help us get statistical information to government officials so we can get them to provide the financial resources our small businesses and our families are in dire need of. Take the Quick Survey now!

The Chamber hosted two webinars as part of its new Webinar Series this past week. These events are free for the time being to support our businesses as we all work towards opening our island up for business again. If you missed them and would like the opportunity to view them, we have both presentations posted on our YouTube channel for your ease of reference. Stay tuned for more of these in the upcoming days!

The Department of Labor's Administrator, David Dell'Isola was the main presenter at yesterday's Guam Visitors Bureau's "A Moment to Help the Visitor Industry" webinar. You may be interested in viewing for updates regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. The tourism industry also provided updates via GVB and GHRA.

As we work towards the long road of recovery, we thank you for rising above the difficulties of this crisis. All you are doing in your business and in our community are what got us here - on the cusp toward PCOR 2. Lets continue to move safely forward.
Happy Weekend!

Onward Together,

Catherine Castro
Guam Chamber of Commerce

To prepare for the reopening to the public, GHRA has produced a "Reopening Beyond The Curve" handout, which features the National Restaurant Association and American Hotel & Lodging Association's reopening guidelines

We would like to send a special thank you to SHRM - Guam Chapter for sharing their excellent chart with the Guam Chamber membership which breaks down the FFCRA in an easy to read format.


View updates and pertinent links on the Guam Economic Development Authority

GVB has gathered market intelligence and local updates that affect our industry.

Register for on-line business services with the Department of Revenue and Taxation for assistance and other services.


We have updated and added to the links below as new guidance and resources have become available:

For more info, please visit  t he CDC’s Guidance for Businesses page .

Help us help our small businesses!
We are collecting statistical information to provide government officials so we can get them to provide the financial resources our small businesses and our families are in dire need of. Take the quick 4 questions survey by clicking on the link below:

671.472-6311 | info@GuamChamber.com.gu