On March 9, 2021, Governor Oliver signed the first amendment to Constitutional Emergency Order 20-04 (CEO 20-04), continuing all prior measures taken by the leadership of the Executive and Legislative branches to maintain Pohnpei State’s collective response to the imminent threat of COVID-19. The order, unless revoked or amended sooner, is valid for a period of thirty (30) days counting from March 10, 2021.
The preamble of the amended CEO 20-04 calls for an amendment “due to recent medical development measures such as effective vaccination and reliable laboratory testing”. Listed below are the recent amendments to CEO 20-04:
Under paragraph six (6) with respect to international travel, subparagraph (iii) “Exceptions with respect to International travel may be granted on a case-by-case basis for admittance into the State of Pohnpei of the following classes of people”, an additional category (gg) has been included:
“(gg) Persons not listed in Subparagraph (iii) who meets the following requirements
- Certificate of Qualified Entry into the State of Pohnpei;
- Copy of passport bio page;
- Copy of negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival)
- Copy of COVID-19 vaccination record (if available)”
In addition, under subparagraph (a), (vii) Any person knowingly forging or falsifying a Certificate of Qualified Entry into the State of Pohnpei shall be guilty of a felony offense and be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 or imprisoned for not less than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.
Lastly, under subparagraph (c) “any person who violates any provisions of this Constitutional Emergency Order shall be guilty of a felony offense against the State of Pohnpei and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 or imprisoned for not less than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.”
The amended CEO can be viewed in PDF format below: