Gov't orders partial lifting of two-week travel moratorium in W. Visayas

Residents of Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Antique, and Iloilo City in Western Visayas can resume their travel back home after the government ordered a partial lifting of the two-week travel moratorium in the region.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has issued Resolution No. 71 lifting the temporary suspension of inbound travel of returning residents.

The task force had earlier imposed a moratorium on inbound travel of locally stranded individuals in Region IV, Iligan, and Lanao del Sur from September 7 to 21 following requests from concerned local government units.

"It is hereby resolved that the IATF approves the partial lifting of the temporary suspension of inbound travel by returning residents to Region IV as approved under Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 69 dated September 07, 2020. Therefore, the temporary suspension of inbound travel of returning residents in the provinces of Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Antique, including Iloilo City in Region IV is hereby lifted," the resolution read.

In the same resolution, the IATF said any request for the imposition, extension, and lifting of the moratorium of local government units shall be decided upon by their respective regional inter-agency task force. It will be enforced by the National Task Force.

Iligan City, Bacolod City, and Lanao del Sur have been escalated to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until the end of the month following the surge in coronavirus cases.

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Batangas, and Tacloban City are under the general community quarantine (GCQ) while the rest of the country are under the less restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).