Ilocos Sur now under community quarantine

VIGAN CITY — Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson issued Executive Order No. 14 yesterday, March 15 placing the entire province of Ilocos Sur under community quarantine to protect residents from the growing threat of COVID-19 and prevent community transmission of the dreaded virus by limiting the movement of people into and out of the province.

The EO was released after an Inter-Agency Coordination meeting called on Sunday by the Provincial Government and attended by representatives from the Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine National Police and the municipal and city mayors of Ilocos Sur.

While quarantine is in effect the movement of people to and from Ilocos Sur is restricted.

Residents are allowed out of their homes only to go to work or to access necessities. Residents who work in neighboring provinces are allowed to travel to work provided that their workplace is not in a COVID-19 affected area.

Non-residents who work in Ilocos Sur are allowed entry to the province as long as they are not COVID-19 infected nor residents of a COVID-19 affected area. They are required to undergo screening protocols.

Travelers who are merely passing through the province are allowed entry but subject to screening protocols. They are not allowed to make any stopover within the Province.

Patients transferring from neighboring provinces are not allowed in any Health Facility in the province.

Checkpoints have been set up along the entry points to the province and the PNP is tasked to guard and implement the protocols before an individual is allowed entry.

Public transport within the province remain operational but drivers and operators are required to implement one-seat-apart policy for passengers and should not have more than half of their regular capacity. Transport of basic goods and commodities is exempted provided that delivery personnel pass the screening protocols at the checkpoints, and must present ID, latest health certificate from point of origin and other documents that may be asked by quarantine officers.

Social gatherings are prohibited, and tourism activities are suspended. Essential work-related meetings are allowed as long as strict social distancing is observed.

Merchants and traders are warned against hoarding and overpricing of basic commodities. The Department of Trade and Industry will regularly monitor all establishments. All business establishments are mandated to set up hygiene station at their entrance areas.

The province has implemented curfew hours between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. except those in the emergency and security work.

As of this writing, the province of Ilocos Sur remains COVID-19 free.