No Pagtaltal; Guimaras not letting guard down despite COVID-19-free status

first_imgILOILOCity – The island province of Guimaras is raising its pandemic response levelfrom Level 1 to Level 2 to ensure that it remains free from the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). Publictransportations will also be regulated to abide the guidelines set by the Departmentof Health for physical distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus. Businesshours for establishments except those that are considered essential will bereduced. UnderLevel 2 response beginning April 15, entry to different ports of Guimaras willbe limited, according to Gov. Samuel Gumarin. Returningresidents of the province will only be allowed entry if they do not exhibitCOVID-19 symptoms but will comply with the mandatory quarantine regulations. Further,trips of motorbancas and Ro-Ro vessels plying the Guimaras – Iloilo route viceversa will be significantly reduced. Outboundtravels of Guimarasnons will also be limited with only medical referrals andtravels for emergency purposes allowed provided they have valid IDs andQuarantine Pass. Accordingto Gumarin, the provincial government has deemed it wise to raise the pandemicresponse level because the province is vulnerable, given the limited capacityof its health care system. Fornon-residents who will leave the island, only those that have In-bound Passwill be allowed to travel.center_img “Hugtonnaton ini. Bantayan naton ang borders sang aton probinsiya. Kinahanglan naton Now on its 45th year, “Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid” in Jordan town is an open-air passion play on the death of Jesus Christ. Guimaras has cancelled its famous annual Holy Week presentation “Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid” due to the threat posed by COVID-19. Angapelar ko lang sa mga Guimarasnon, bululigan naton ini,” Gumarin said. Non-residents who will enter Guimaras will only be allowed entry if the purpose of travel is to transport basic commodities and necessities and for emergency cases that may result to loss of life, liberty or property provided that they are certified cleared from COVID by the designated health authority and shall be issued an inbound pass. protektahanang Guimaras nga kun mahimo indi makasulod sa aton isla ang COVID-19. “Guimarasis the only province in Western Visayas that remains free of the disease, it isessential to tighten the traffic of people going to and from the province,”stressed Gumarin who signed Executive Order No. 43 for this on April 7./PNlast_img