Sunday, December 3, 2023

Pangasinan to be placed under GCQ from Sept. 8-30

The province of Pangasinan, except for Dagupan City, will be under
general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from
September 8 to 30 as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the
Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Governor Amado Espino III issued Tuesday Executive Order No. 0102 or
the guidelines on the implementation of the province’s new quarantine

“Any person below 18 years old, those who are over 65 of age, those
with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and
pregnant women shall be required to remain in their residences at all
times, except for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work
in industries and offices or such other activities permitted under
this Order, the Omnibus Guidelines, and latest Department of Trade and
Industry issuances,” Espino said in the EO.

The province-wide curfew remained from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., he said.

Espino also warned of penalizing persons not wearing face masks and
face shields at all times, especially when going outside of their

Gatherings with any person outside of one’s immediate household shall
be prohibited.

However, gatherings that are essential for the provision of health and
government services or humanitarian activities authorized by the
appropriate government agency shall be allowed.

Religious gatherings shall be allowed up to 10 percent of the venue
capacity but concerned local government units (LGUs) may increase the
allowable capacity up to 30 percent of venue capacity, Espino said.

“Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals
for those who died of causes other than Covid-19 (coronavirus disease
2019) shall be allowed but limited to immediate family members, and
not more than three nights while visits to memorial parks, cemeteries,
and columbaria shall be limited to not more than 10 persons per
group,” he added.

Meanwhile, component municipalities or cities that are declared as
critical zones are encouraged to observe a “No Movement Day” at least
once a week.

“During ‘No Movement Day’, no person shall be allowed to leave their
respective residences, except for authorized persons outside of
residence (APOR) and those accessing essential goods or services, such
as food and medicine. The day shall be utilized for disinfection of
public places,” Espino said.

Included in the guidelines is the Oplan Sita wherein the local IATF
may form a task force to monitor compliance with the EO and other
Covid-19 regulations, as well as catch violators and implement
continuous information dissemination.

LGUs are mandated to implement weekly market schedules for the
barangays in their respective localities, while barangay officials are
directed to issue quarantine passes per household.

“Videokes and karaokes outside of the residence or anywhere open to
the public view shall likewise not be allowed. Al fresco dining shall
be allowed at 50-percent venue capacity while indoor dine-in services
shall be allowed up to a maximum of the 20-percent venue capacity,”
Espino said.

Indoor non-contact sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, or
other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools, indoor
sports, courts, or venues for contact sports, scrimmages, games or
activities, indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries,
archives, museums, and galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits,
among others, are not allowed.

Non-APORs and tourists from areas under enhanced community quarantine
and modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) shall not be allowed
entry into Pangasinan.

Non-APORs, non-essential, and tourist travel from other provinces,
MGCQ or GCQ, shall be allowed subject to a negative reverse
transcription-polymerase chain reaction test or rapid antigen test
before traveling as a requirement, and register to the S-pass (Safe,
Swift, and Secure passage) travel management system, the EO said.

A Covid-19 domestic vaccination card shall serve as a sufficient
alternative to any testing required by the LGU but the traveler will
still undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival at the
destination LGU.

Meanwhile, Dagupan City, a chartered city of Pangasinan, will be under
GCQ until Sept. 30 while Sison and Pozorrubio towns under MECQ until
Sept. 9 and Manaoag town until Sept. 19.

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