NegOcc en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine or­der signed

En­hanced quar­an­tine be­gins Mon­day

Watchmen Daily Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son yes­ter­day signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der plac­ing the en­tire prov­ince un­der an en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine in re­sponse to on­go­ing con­cerns sur­round­ing the coro­n­avirus dis­ease, or Covid-19. The or­der takes ef­fect Mon­day, March 30, and runs un­til April 14.

Un­der the quar­an­tine, only one mem­ber of each house­hold will be pro­vided a quar­an­tine pass by their re­spec­tive barangay, which will al­low them to visit the su­per­mar­ket.

“Cur­few is [no longer] ap­pli­ca­ble since only one mem­ber is al­lowed to go out,” the gov­er­nor ex­plained. “Se­nior cit­i­zens, who are the most vul­ner­a­ble [to] the virus, are strictly not al­lowed to go out.”

He in­sisted, “It will be nor­mal.”

Su­per­mar­kets, gro­cery stores, phar­ma­cies, and

banks will re­main open.

In ad­di­tion, Lac­son ad­vised res­i­dents to shop “nor­mally.”

“Buy nor­mal con­sump­tion the way you do it on nor­mal days,” he added.

Mean­while, barangay of­fi­cials will be re­spon­si­ble for hand­ing out the quar­an­tine passes through­out their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions, which the pro­vin­cial of­fi­cial em­pha­sized, should be free. Bear­ers of the pass are limited to pur­chas­ing food, medicine, and other ne­ces­si­ties and, with pub­lic trans­porta­tion sus­pended, must also be able to op­er­ate their own ve­hi­cle.

Ad­di­tion­ally, those ex­empt from the en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine in­clude med­i­cal and emer­gency per­son­nel, po­lice, sol­diers, de­liv­ery per­son­nel, util­i­ties per­son­nel, me­dia, pub­lic of­fi­cials, pri­vate com­pany em­ploy­ees, the ju­di­ciary, and those work­ing at the prov­ince's agri­cul­tural mills and food in­dus­try.

Those ex­empt must also carry govern­ment-is­sued iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine also in­cludes a “No Sail” pol­icy that pro­hibits the use of all pri­vate and plea­sure crafts in the prov­ince's ter­ri­to­rial waters with the only ves­sels ex­empted from the rule be­ing cargo ves­sels, fish­ing boats, and govern­men­towned ves­sels.

“Your rel­a­tives in Manila [have] been do­ing this, so for, about three weeks al­ready and they're manag­ing it, so, let us also do our share here in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal,” Lac­son added./

(Ian Paul Cordero photo)

Iloilo City’s Gen­eral Luna Street was among the ar­eas dis­in­fected last Wed­nes­day with use of Fed­er­a­tion Fire of Iloilo firetrucks.

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