LOCALIZED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE DECLARED IN BUTUAN CITY
BUTUAN CITY – By midnight on March 19, Thursday, the entire city of Butuan has now placed under localized community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is after Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada issued Executive Order No. 19 wherein the following shall be observed:
1. Classes and all school activities at all levels shall continue to be suspended.
2. Prohibition of Mass Gatherings whether public or private. All religious leaders are also enjoined to suspend any religious gatherings.
3. Home quarantine shall be observed in ALL household
4. Mandatory wearing of face masks.
5. ALL PUMs shall undergo strict home quarantine for not less than 14 days. PUIs shall be confined in accordance with quarantine procedures established by DOH.
6. Regulation of business establishments
7. Regulation of mass public transport to conform with the guidelines set by the DOTr.
8. Land, sea and air travel shall be restricted.
9. Drivers, passengers, and travelers entering Butuan City shall be required to present valid IDs, address, contact number, and travel history and shall be checked for signs and symptoms of CoViD-19 in accordance with the protocols and guidelines issued by DOH.
10. The movement of cargoes and goods to and from Butuan City shall remain unhampered, subject to proper screening of drivers and/or workers as stated above.
11. All temporary visitors, whether foreign or local, in Butuan City are advised to leave immediately after the issuance of this Executive Order.
12. Foreign and domestic vessels are prohibited from entering the territorial waters of Butuan City during the effectivity of this Order, except those carrying cargoes of food, medicine, and prime commodities.
According to the city administrator Reynante Desiata, business establishments and markets will be regulated to keep operating including the stores selling food and medicine, while other establishments are only allowed to open given that they follow the precautionary measures or they will be questioned.
Desiata assures that the city has enough food supply for now, but not for a long time.
On March 18 in the afternoon, the local government conducted a meeting with several government agencies to discuss the needed provision for those who are affected by the community quarantine including the displaced workers.
Butuan officials urge the public to comply with the regulations mandated by the government to maintain the peaceful combat operation against COVID-19.
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