Modified GCQ in Leyte starts June 1

TACLOBAN CITY – The province of Leyte will be under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting June 1, Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla announced on Friday.

Petilla approved Executive Order No. 05-2020-04 adopting Resolution No. 20 issued by the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases, classifying Eastern Visayas under MGCQ until June 15.

“The quarantine period may be shortened or extended depending on the recommendation of the provincial task force against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19),” he said.

Under the modified GCQ, movement and travel of all residents in the province are unrestricted, however, health and sanitary protocols must be observed especially in crowded and public places.

The entry of all persons originating outside the province either by land, air, or sea is prohibited except for returning overseas Filipino workers, locally stranded individuals, and Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag-asa (BP2) program beneficiaries, who must undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in their respective local government units upon arrival.

Also exempted from travel ban are authorized persons outside residence (APOR) or those workers in essential business establishments and industries, health and emergency front-liners, uniformed personnel, those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, skeleton workers, accredited construction workers, delivery personnel of cargo vehicles, among others.

Public utility vehicles can now resume operations, provided they comply with the directive of the Department of Transportation disinfection and other safety measures.

The new directive will allow business establishments to resume operations provided they equip their office or store disinfectant or sanitizer ready for use of its clientele.

“They also have the right to reject the entry of customers or passengers not wearing a face mask or exhibiting influenza-like symptoms,” Petilla said.

Activities that will remain prohibited are entertainment-related mass gatherings such as in theaters, fiestas, concerts, clubs, trade fairs, carnivals, cultural shows, sports tournaments, among others, business gatherings including conferences, conventions, retreats, and workshops and religious activities.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, the province has confirmed a total of seven infections, including two full recoveries and zero death.

The province’s five active cases are repatriates who arrived this week, of whom two are overseas Filipino workers and three are returnees under the BP2 program of the national government. (PNA)

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