Press Releases

CHCC Issues Guidance for Restaurants/Bars at Level BLUE

On Monday, June 15, 2020, in response to Governor Ralph DLG. Torres’s latest amendment to the CNMI COVID-19 Emergency Directives, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) Environmental Health and Disease Prevention (EHDP), has transitioned from operating under Community Vulnerability Level YELLOW to Community Vulnerability Level BLUE, which allows restaurants and bars to serve dine-in customers at 50% of originally permitted occupancy limit in accordance with supplemental regulatory guidance from the CHCC.

COVID-19 Public Guidance: CNMI now on Community Vulnerability Level BLUE

In line with approved guidance by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) and community-based testing data by the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres announced on Monday that the CNMI can now responsibly initiate the next phase in the implementation of its Economic Recovery Plan from Community Vulnerability Level “YELLOW” to “BLUE.”

Public Notice: Antimicrobial Pesticides

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, antimicrobial pesticides are essential to controlling and preventing the spread of the coronavirus. BECQ’s Pesticides Branch along with partnering agencies Department of Lands and Natural Resources, and Division of Customs, monitors and regulates the use and import of pesticides in the CNMI. Antimicrobials and pesticides that are not registered by U.S. EPA are illegal to import, sell, and use in the CNMI. 

Public Notice: Litter Control

BECQ has observed an increasing amount of trash and debris on remote beach sites and beaches located on the east side of the island. BECQ is pleading to the community to please clean up before and after utilizing a beach site. Trash in our ocean is a serious problem that threatens the marine environment and dependent livelihoods. 

DCRM encourages community to participate in Living Archive competition

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM) would like to announce an opportunity for the general public to participate in a series of competitions hosted by The Living Archive, an organization based out of Australia that provides a platform for individuals to tell stories and raise awareness about extinction in their communities.

Commerce to begin 2020 CNMI Prevailing Wage Study (2020 PWS) Survey

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Governor Arnold I. Palacios, through the Department of Commerce’s Central Statistics Division announce the beginning of data collection for the 2020 CNMI Prevailing Wage Study (PWS), utilizing an online data collection portal system.  


CNMI Cannabis Commission launches

With the publishing of the certification and adoption of proposed rules and regulations of the CNMI Cannabis Commission (Commission), the Commission announces the official launching of applications for the commercial Cannabis Licenses and noncommercial Homegrown Marijuana Registry.

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