By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – The City Government here has extended the restrictive quarantine being implemented until April 28 in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
City Mayor Alfred Romualdez has issued an executive order, extending the intensified restrictions from April 13 which requires all persons who have no reason to go outside, especially elderly, pregnant women, children, and other persons with high risk of infection, to remain at home for their personal safety.
All barangays were ordered to maintain their entry and exit checkpoints and to observe health protocols directed by health officials.
Only one person per household would be allowed to go out upon issuance of a quarantine pass, and would be required to wear masks when going out.
The barangays were mandated to identify violators of the home quarantine and report to the Tacloban City Police office for appropriate action.
He ordered all business establishments and industries within the city to stop their operations except hospitals, utility providers, media outlets, restaurants, banks, money remittance, courier service, among others.
All land, sea, and air travel of persons to and from the city are likewise prohibited except health care workers, media, national government officials, law enforcers, and those availing medical services.
All other institutions, business establishments, and industries not ordered to stop their operations shall implement minimal deployment, skeletal force, or alternative work arrangements so workers shall not be going in and out of the city.
The prohibition on sale, purchase, and consumption of liquor is extended for the duration of the order.
He added that all public utility vehicles are still barred from entering the city except public transport carrying passengers within the city provided they carry half capacity and observe social distancing.
Residents of provinces with confirmed COVID-19 cases shall be considered as persons under monitoring (PUMs) or patients under investigation (PUIs) as the case may be, and shall not be allowed entry except for the exemptions and upon showing of quarantine clearance or certification be their local health officer. Travel ban on residents coming from COVID-19 positive provinces is also imposed.
Classes in all levels in public and private schools remain suspended until April 28, while heads of national government agencies are enjoined to implement alternative work arrangements to ensure the delivery of public service.