CNMI Community-Focused Economic Recovery Plan

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) Chief Executive Officer Esther L. Muña, and Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez unveiled on Wednesday the CNMI Community-Focused Economic Recovery Plan. 

This proposed policy outlines a phased approach to reopening economic activities in the CNMI, develops guidance to protect businesses and customers, and ensures compliance with public health directives intended to safeguard all residents in the Marianas.

The truth is that this pandemic is not just a public health crisis; it is also an economic crisis. Restarting the economy through a phased approach will help get people back to work, improve the standard of living, and ensure funding for essential government services for the community.

This policy was drafted through the efforts of the Governor’s COVID-19 Economic Task Force, which consists of members of government agencies, Marianas Visitors Authority, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, and business leaders from around the Marianas.

One highlight of the plan includes the proposed resumption of tourism on July 15, 2020. The Task Force understands that this is not a set date. Public health recommendations by CHCC will continue to lead this gradual reopening of the CNMI economy moving forward.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force values the collaboration and partnership of all business partners, media partners, and the whole community for adhering to the Governor’s public health and social distancing directives, as well as preventative measures meant to safeguard the residents of the Marianas.

We will provide more information on this economic recovery plan moving forward.


Quarantine protocols eased for those traveling to the CNMI and are fully vaccinated; new CDC guidance shows more fully vaccinated individuals in the CNMI will lead to an easing of COVID-19 restrictions

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) and the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force announces new quarantine protocols: Effective May 17, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers coming in from Level 1 jurisdictions on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice list do not have to quarantine in any form, after providing verifiable vaccination documentation from their respective health department or health provider and after their lodging or household passes assessment. If household assessment failed, travelers will be given the option to self-monitor at home. Travelers from Level 1 jurisdictions also do not have to test upon arrival but will be tested on the fifth day after arrival.

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