Pampanga guv orders stricter visitors’ entry, requires tests

Pampanga guv orders stricter visitors’ entry, requires tests

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The provincial government here Friday ordered stricter measures for the entry of visitors into the province, requiring a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or antigen test taken 72 hours before arrival to stop the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

In his live public address, Governor Dennis Pineda released an executive order on the stricter measures for the arrival of visitors in the province.

Pineda also said from March 20 to April 5, the Pampanga police and barangay officials would set up mandatory checkpoints in their areas.

Likewise, only those 18 years to 60 years old are allowed to go outside their residence only for essential purposes. Pregnant women are prohibited from going outside for their safety.

“Wala na hong pakiusapan. Kapag nahuli po mga anak ninyo nasa labas, kayo pong mga magulang ang kakasuhan namin (There is no more appeal. Once your children are caught outside, we will file a case against you),” he warned parents.

Pineda also said a liquor ban would be imposed while curfew hours have been set from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“Bawal na po magbenta at bumili ng alak mula March 20 to April 5, 2021. Lahat po ng mahuhuli lalabag sa executive order ay kakasuhan po namin (It is prohibited to sell and buy alcohol from March 20 to April 5, 2021. All those caught violating the executive order will be prosecuted),” he added.

Pineda said business establishments, such as groceries and restaurants, would be allowed to operate at 50 percent maximum capacity while observing proper distancing and health protocols.

Establishments found violating the executive order will face immediate closure.

He also directed local government chief executives to issue their public market guidelines to prevent a further spike in Covid-19 cases.

New infections in the province were reported at 120 on Thursday and 75 on Friday morning due to local transmission.

As of Thursday, the province had 757 active cases. At least 7,421 people have recovered from the disease while deaths were placed at 449.

Residents have been required to comply with safety protocols, such as the wearing of face masks and shields, maintaining a physical distance of one meter to two meters, and avoiding crowded gatherings.

Pineda also said they would distribute pulse oximeters, thermometers, and face shields to barangay health workers to be used especially by senior citizens. (PNA)

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