Manila Lockdown 101 : Every Community Quarantine measures everybody should know

Manila Lockdown 101 : Every Community Quarantine measures everybody should know






The Philippine News Agency, a governmental media outfit in its Facebook page posted a message for the citizenry informing them about the implementing these social distancing measures in Metro Manila from March 15, 2020 until April 14, 2020 to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country:
The list of the social distancing measures are as follows.

- Mass gatherings such as concerts, sporting events, movie screenings, and other entertainment activities are prohibited. Essential work-related meetings and religious activities may continue so long as a distance of at least one (1) meter radius between and among those attending, is maintained during the entirety of the event.

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- Local government units (LGUs) must comply with the directives of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in imposing general community quarantine in their areas. Movement of people shall be limited to accessing basic necessities and work; and uniformed personnel and quarantine officers shall be present at border points.

- Restriction of non-essential entry of people to the quarantined area especially those who are at high risk of being infected (i.e., 60 years old and above, immunocompromised or with co-morbidities and pregnant women), except health workers; authorized government officials; those travelling for medical or humanitarian reasons; persons transiting to airports for travel abroad; persons providing basic services and public utilities; and essential skeletal workforce.


- Prevention of non-exit of people to the quarantined area health workers; authorized government officials; those travelling for medical or humanitarian reasons; persons transiting to airports for travel abroad; persons providing basic services and public utilities; and essential skeletal workforce. All persons leaving the contained community must be checked for signs and symptoms (e.g., fever, respiratory symptoms, diarrhea) at exit checkpoints where certification will be issued by the competent health authority. Persons that are found to have COVID-19 symptoms should undergo a 14-day home based quarantine to be monitored by the LGUs.

The DOH and the DILG may direct an LGU to impose enhanced community quarantine wherein strict home quarantine shall be implemented in all households, transportation shall be suspended, provision for food and essential health services shall be regulated, and the presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures shall be heightened if the need arises.

- Domestic land, air and sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be restricted. all workers, whether employed or self-employed, will be provisionally allowed to travel as long as they present proof of employment/business at border checkpoints. Movement of cargoes to and from Metro Manila shall be unhampered.


- Alternative work arrangements , including but not limited to, work-from home, compressed work week, staggered working hours, and creation of skeletal workforces, shall be implemented in the Executive Branch. All members of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Coast Guard, and health and emergency frontline services are directed to continue full operation. The Legislative and Judicial Branches, as well as the independent constitutional bodies are encouraged to adopt the same policy.

- Flexible work arrangements are also encouraged in the private sector. Manufacturing, retail and service establishments are advised to remain open as long as social distancing measures are implemented.

- Mass transport facilities including LRT, MRT and PNR shall be operational while the Department of Transportation is directed to issue social distancing guidelines.


        


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