American Samoa – Coronavirus Territory Actions

Governors are working closely with federal and local officials as well as private sector partners to address the threat of the novel coronavirus. This page lists select actions through 31 July 2020. It is not intended to be exhaustive but is meant to highlight key actions and resources that may inform other states and territories as they prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus. All state actions can be viewed here, or visit Coronavirus: What You Need To Know for additional information and resources.


  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor amended their declaration of continued public health emergency and state of emergency suspending all entry permits until further notice.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor announced the closing of all public parks and facilities (toilets) will be closed starting March 22, 2020 until further notice.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued an Executive Order 001 recognizing the Declared Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency, and imminent threat to public health. The order requires the immediate and comprehensive enforcement by the Commissioner of Public Safety, Director of Health, Attorney General, and other agency leaders.
    • Business are also required to provide necessary supplies to the public and are prohibited from price gouging.
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor issued a second amendment to the Declared Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency with the following provisions:
    • Suspending the restrictions on “hazard pay” for medical personnel, first responders, and other employees with an increased risk and exposure;
    • Suspending the maximum grant of four (4) hours for excused absences to state personnel under quarantine or unable to attend work; and
    • Partially suspending hearings as it relates to P5 immigrant applications for emergency technical assistance.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced all state employees will move to a 50 percent staffing level for work days.
  • April 1, 2020 – The Governor issued the second amended declaration of continued public health emergency and state of emergency suspending all entry permits until further notice.
  • May 1, 2020 – The Governor issued the fourth amended Declaration of Continued Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency extending that will be in effect for thirty (30) days and will expire on June 1, 2020.
  • June 1, 2020 – The Governor issued the fifth amended declaration of continued public health emergency and state of emergency for COVID-19 in effect for thirty (30) days and will expire on July 1, 2020. The current threat level remains as Code Blue.
  • June 18, 2020 – The American Samoa Department of Health announced all returning travelers need to get a Medical Clearance within 3 days of arrival from Samoa Ministry of Health.
  • June 30, 2020 – The Governor ordered cut hours and pay be restored for government employees stranded outside of the territory since March when local borders were shut down.
  • July 1, 2020 – The Governor issued the sixth amended declaration of continued public health emergency and state of emergency that will be in effect for thirty (30) days and will expire on July 30, 2020. The declaration takes the following actions:
    • Authorizes the Department of Health to quarantine and isolate individuals for 14 days without notice;
    • Suspends the restrictions on hazard pay;
    • Suspends the maximum of four (4) hours for excused absence; and
    • Partially suspends its hearings function as it relates to P5 immigrant applications.