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NegOr ECQ begins tomorrow


Gov. Roel Degamo has declared Negros Oriental under enhanced community quarantine, starting 12:01 a.m. tomorrow until 12:01 a.m. on April 18, to prevent the further loss of lives from the deadly coronavirus disease.

The governor, in Executive Order No. 2020-26, cited the alarming death of two COVID-19 positive persons and the increasing number of persons with influenza-like illness and respiratory ailments related to the virus in Negros Oriental.

He said with the ECQ, strict home quarantine will be implemented for all households, transportation will be suspended, provision of food and essential health services will be regulated, and there will be heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures.

Only one able-bodied member of a household below 65 years old with a quarantine pass will be allowed out to purchase necessities and other needs, the governor added.

The mandatory "at home" policy will not apply to healthcare practitioners, emergency personnel, government officials and employees, drivers and personnel of delivery vehicles of all types of cargoes, construction workers duly authorized by the governor and mayors, accredited media, farmers, fishermen, and agribusiness personnel, persons needing medical attention, employees of establishments exempted from the ECQ, and persons authorized by the governor or mayors, he said.

Government offices providing basic services will continue to operate, provided they adopt alternative work arrangements, he added.

All business establishments will be closed during the ECQ, except those delivering essential services.

Allowed to operate on a 24-hour basis are hospitals, clinics, laboratories, drug stores, gasoline stations, cargo handlers, water, electricity and telecommunication companies, funeral parlors, and delivery services, the governor said.

Those allowed to operate until 8 p.m. are food establishments, provided there shall be no dine-in customers, food manufacturers and suppliers, public markets, supermarkets, groceries, bakeshops, and convenience stores, water refilling stations, veterinary clinics, animal feed suppliers, banks and money transfers, hardware stores, delivery and courier services, suppliers of agricultural and petroleum products, laundry services and automotive supplies, he added.

The management of the exempted establishments should adopt a strict skeletal workforce, implement social distancing measures, and should provide adequate transportation to their employees, he said.

No hotels or similar establishments will be allowed to operate except those who had existing bookings as of March 26, those with existing long term leases, and employees of business process outsourcing companies.

All BPOs and Knowledge Process Outsourcing and export-oriented industries will remain operational, the governor said.*CPG


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