GenTri LGU imposes curfew, liquor ban to curb virus spread

A local government in Cavite is tightening its community quarantine protocols amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

GENERAL TRIAS, Cavite — The city government of General Trias has implemented stricter regulations including a curfew and liquor ban to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In an order issued on March 15, Mayor Antonio Ferrer laid out stringent public health protocols as the country is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Mayor Ony Ferrer issues Executive Order No. 08 Series of 2021 imposing Stringent Public Health Protocols…

Posted by City Government of General Trias on Monday, March 15, 2021

The mayor has reintroduced curfew hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for ages 16 and above, and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for ages 15 and below.

Exempted from the curfew are health workers, food and medicine deliveries, public transport services, peace and order personnel, nightshift employees, and emergency cases. They must, however, show proof of identification and work schedules.

Moreover, the tighter measures also include the reimplementation of a one-month liquor ban which covers the sale, transport, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the city.

Mayor Antonio Ferrer meets with Vice Mayor Morit Sison, local police chief and sub-station commanders to discuss the strict and immediate implementation of Executive Order 08 at the city hall on March 15. (Photo via City Government of General Trias Facebook page)

Other guidelines

Aside from properly wearing face masks and face shields, the local chief executive also reminded residents that the number of attendees to social gatherings should be limited.

“All forms of public, mass or social gatherings including weddings, birthdays, funerals, entertainment activities and the like shall be limited only to 10 persons or 50 percent venue capacity whichever is lesser,” reads a section of his two-page advisory, a copy of which was posted on the local government’s Facebook page.

Ferrer has also ordered that wakes should last only for five days but, if the deceased died from COVID-19, the body should be immediately cremated. He has also prohibited funeral processions.

In addition, the use of the StaySafe.PH or any other digital contact tracing app is also mandatory in business establishments in the city.

Meanwhile, returning residents and overseas Filipinos must “report to the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) upon arrival at the city for recording and initial medical evaluation.” All symptomatic individuals must complete a two-week quarantine in an isolation facility.

As of March 17, General Trias has logged 2,719 COVID-19 cases, with 2,522 recoveries and 44 fatalities since March last year. The city still has 153 active virus carriers.

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