Guimaras extends MGCQ, operation of public conveyances

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The Province of Guimaras will carry on with the implementation of the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) thereby adopting the Modiefied Level 1 Response of the Guimaras COVID-19 Response Intiative.

Governor Samuel T. Gumarin signed Executive Order No. 52 on June 15, 2020 extending the duration of the MGCQ until June 30, 2020 as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has not yet made fresh pronouncements as to the status of the Province of Guimaras.

Under the modified Level 1 Response, returning Guimarasnons with Outbound Resident Pass or those coming from within Western Visayas region shall at all times be allowed entry into the province.

Locally stranded individuals who are coming from outside of Region 6 and returning repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) shall be granted entry upon presentation of complete documents provided they must not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or he/she is not a suspect/probable or confirmed COVID-19 patient.

For non-residents who wish to enter the province, travel for any purpose except for leisure, shall be allowed provided he/she must not exhibit symptoms referable to COVID-19 and shall be issued an “Inbound Pass”.

Guimarasnons are allowed to travel outside the island everyday for any purpose provided that in all cases he/she must not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or he/she is not a suspect/probable or confirmed COVID-19 patient and an “Outbound Resident Pass” shall be issued at the outbound screening posts for residents who will travel outside the province before they shall be allowed to board the vessel.

Nevertheless, as agreed during the Guimaras COVID-19 Executive Committee meeting held on June 11, 2020 some modifications will be applied on the operations of public conveyances and business establishments in the island.

Public utility jeepneys shall be allowed to operate from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. as long as strict physical distancing shall be observed.

Operation of tricycles shall be allowed from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. but a maximum of two passengers shall be catered and a plastic barrier shall be put between the back and front rows of the tricycle.

Single motorcycles are still prohibited to be used for public conveyances but motorcycles used for private purpose shall operate in accordance with the guidelines of the Land Transportation Office and other concerned government agencies.

Operation of sea vessels shall be allowed from 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. except for motorbancas that are only allowed to operate under fair weather condition and from sunrise until sunset only based on the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) memorandum order following the August 3, 2019 Sea Tragedy.

Business establishments in Guimaras are now allowed to operate from 6 a.m. until 8 o’clock in the evening.

Tourism-related business may be opened provided that it shall comply with the applicable issuances of the Department of Tourism, IATF-EID, LGUs and other agencies of the government.

Mandatory imposition of physical distancing, wearing of face mask and mandatory disinfection of all public conveyances shall be imposed.

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