On January 29, 2020, a Declaration of Significant Emergency was declared for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. On this basis and pursuant to the Consumer Disaster Price Freeze Act, a price freeze is hereby declared.
The prices of the following items are frozen:
1. Gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, natural gas, and all other chemical fuels, whether in
gaseous, liquid, or solid form;
2. All foods and foodstuffs, including water, bottled water, beverages, and ice;
3. All clothing;
4. Flashlights, lamps, lanterns, candles, light bulbs, and other means of illumination;
5. Generators, cables, wires, electrical batteries of every sort, and similar equipment for
the generation and/or transmission of electrical power;
6. All appliances used in the storage and/or preparation of food, including, but not limited
to, stoves, barbecue grilles, ovens, refrigerators, and coolers;
7. Tools typically used for construction, ground clearing, or home repairs, whether electrically powered, chemically powered, or manual, including, but not limited to, saws, machetes, hammers, drills, shovels, rakes, and brooms.
8. All bedding items, including pillows, futons and blankets;
9. All medicines, medical equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE), including
but not limited to masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers;
10. All housing rentals including apartments and condominiums.
Under this declaration, prices for the aforementioned items shall not increase. Businesses are not inhibited from selling items at prices lower than prices at the time of the original promulgation of this declaration.
This price freeze shall last until rescinded, or until the declarations of emergency or disaster are terminated, whichever occurs first.
Done this 6th day of March 2020.
RALPH DLG. TORRES