Capiz under enhanced community quarantine

By Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The entire province of Capiz was placed under enhanced community quarantine after one of its residents tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Executive No. 12 Series of 2020 issued by Gov. Esteban Evan Nonoy Contreras took effect March 25, 2020 after a 45-year-old male from Jamindan town who had travel history to Manila became the first Capiceño to test positive for COVID-19.

The order directed all residents to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Only one family member is allowed to go out to buy essential goods. They must also secure quarantine passes from barangay officials.

Persons going in and out of their respective barangays need to present the home quarantine pass. Without the quarantine pass or a valid ID, the person will not be allowed to go out.

Under the executive order, all private establishments will be closed except for the following:

  • Water Refilling Station
  • Supermarkets
  • Sari-sari Store
  • Groceries store
  • Convenience store
  • Bakeshops
  • Restaurants, fast food chains and food stalls
  • Establishments providing health
  • Establishments for processing and storage of basic good products and health needs.
  • Gasoline Stations
  • Funeral and crematory services
  • Agriculture supply Stores
  • Media Establishments
  • BPO firms

A 24-hour curfew is also imposed on senior citizens aged 65 and above; those with cardio vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung deceased; and students from the kindergarten, elementary, junior high school, senior high school, technical and vocational schools and college level.

Exempted from the curfew are:

  • Senior citizens who will undergo check up
  • Students who volunteer for medical related work
  • Law enforcers
  • Person of emergency health situations
  • Government employees, health workers, workers from public utilities, media personnel
  • Person working during curfew hours and those delivering goods.

The governor asked the cooperation of everybody to prevent the spread of COVID-19.