JUST IN: MMDA Declares Curfew Amid Coronavirus Spread In Philippines
JUST IN: MMDA DECLARES CURFEW – The Philippines faced an increasing trend in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
This has led to government agencies imposing countermeasures against the virus. Among these measures were travel bans and banning of students from loitering.
In addition, the President has declared a community quarantine over the Metro Manila Area.
On Saturday (March 14, 2020), Malacañang said that it is set to release the guidelines for community quarantine in Metro Manila as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Recently, the Metro Manila Council unanimously passed a resolution to impose a curfew between 8:00 PM and 5:00 A.M. starting from March 15 to April 14.
According to a report from Inquirer, students are also not allowed to loiter in public places. Along with this, malls were requested to be closed.
In addition, the report stated that only essential stores shall be open during the community lockdown. These include supermarkets, pharmacies, and banks.
As per the report, the exemptions are employees and supply chains. Meanwhile, non-essentials are banned such as:
- Visiting a friend
- Visiting family members
- Social gatherings