TAYTAY, Rizal – This town has started implementing localized restrictions to address the surge of coronavirus cases.
Starting July 13, the municipal government has implemented the ‘Zoning Containment Plan’ which places specific homes on hard lockdown (HLD) or selected communities under a more relax enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The local government has identified the residence of 64 confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, placing their homes on hard lockdown starting June 13. This means no one from the household will be allowed to go out for 14 days.
Mayor George Ricardo “Joric” Gacula, II, told Manila Bulletin that each HLD household is entitled to receive a sack of rice and P5,000 worth of essential goods such as grocery items, including hygiene kits and medicines, coming from the local government.
Gacula added that HLD households may also receive a one-time P10,000 cash assistance from the municipal government if each member of the family is able to complete the 14-day strict home quarantine. A contract between the LGU and the affected household is required to avail of the cash allowance to remind members of their obligation to stay home because they have close contact with the infected persons.
Meanwhile, residences within the 50-meter radius from the residence of the 64 confirmed coronavirus cases will be under ECQ where policemen and local security personnel of the LGU will man exit and entry points.
Each household under ECQ will be issued a Household Zoning Pass which will allow the bearer to go out of their residence to buy essential goods and medicines.
Gacula said all residents are required to wear face mask, follow health protocols such as physical distancing, use of alcohol and hand sanitizers and observe curfew to stop the virus from spreading further.
The local government has been apprehending an average of 30 to 60 curfew violators every night.
Market and grocery shoppers are still required to present their Home Quarantine Pass during the scheduled market days.
As of July 12, Taytay has 165 confirmed cases.