Gov’t to issue clear guidelines on mass gatherings, travel exemptions of M.Manila quarantine

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is yet discuss the concrete details of the recently declared community quarantine in Metro Manila set to take effect at midnight of March 15.

The discussions will include travel restrictions to and from Metro Manila once the order runs from March 15 to April 14.

According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, they have yet to decide on who will be exempted from the travel restrictions to and from Metro Manila from both the government and private sectors.

These would include patients, workers from both public and private as well as government officials provided that they can present proper identification.

Nograles admits the details on the travel restriction need to be polished.

Another important issue that needs detailed provisions would be the restriction on mass gatherings which the government expects to obtain the cooperation of religious organizations.

“We will provide more details about these later, particularly as regards masses and worship services and religious gatherings. Alam namin na malaking adjustment ito para sa atin dito sa Metro Manila,” Cabienet Secretary Nograles said.

“But we ask everyone to cooperate because the consequences of allowing these gatherings during this crucial time could be more painful in the long run,” he added.

Meanwhile, local government units within the National Capital Region (NCR) are given the authority to impose localized community quarantine if they have two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in two of their respective barangays based on the resolution issued by the Task Force. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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