‘Tis the season to travel… or not: Guv Albert Garcia tightens rules for entry of people into Bataan
BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has issued a resolution imposing stricter measures in the entry of residents and non-residents during the holidays to control the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Governor Albert Garcia, IATF chair, said on Thursday that border protocols for persons on holiday travels are contained in Resolution No. 31 to safeguard the health and security of the people of the province.
“Inaasahan na marami sa ating mga kababayan ang magbibiyahe palabas at/o pauwi ng ating lalawigan na maaaring maging dahilan ng pagkalat ng Covid-19 kung kaya’t nagpasya ang Bataan IATF for Covid-19 na ipasa ang resolusyon upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng Covid-19 cases sa ating lalawigan at mapangalagaan ang ating kalusugan at kaligtasan ( It is expected that many of our province mates will travel to and from our province which might cause the further spread of Covid-19 so the Bataan IATF for Covid-19 decided to pass a resolution to prevent the increase of Covid-19 cases in our province and protect our health and safety,” the governor said.
Salient provisions of the resolution to be implemented on border checkpoints are for residents of Bataan returning in the province after celebrating Christmas in other provinces and non-residents who want to spend Christmas in Bataan are required to wear face mask and face shield, undergo temperature check, present ID and QR Code.
Both residents and non-residents will be subjected to 14-day quarantine in designated facilities of government or if no available space, in home quarantine.
Members of the barangay health emergency response team are directed to advise IATF of resolution violators.
Garcia said the resolution does not include tourists who have prior bookings in hotels or resorts because they fall under IATF Resolution No. 28, earlier issued.
Tourists from inside and outside Bataan have to show a valid ID, medical certificate from the rural health unit, and travel pass from where they reside.
For non-residents, they are required to show reservation voucher on hotels or resorts they will go to, QR Code and RT-PCR test, if staying in Bataan for a night or more.
Garcia said stricter measures seemed to be paying off.
As of Wednesday, report of the Provincial Health Office, there were only three new confirmed Covid–19 cases while 17 recoveries were recorded.
There are now 3,635 total confirmed cases with 110 active ones, 3,447 recoveries and 78 deaths.
“Muli, ay hinihiling ko ang malawak na pang-unawa, pakikiisa at pagtalima ng bawat isa para na rin sa kapakanan ng ating mga mahal sa buhay dahil ang pag-iingat ang pinakamahalagang aginaldo natin sa kanila ngayong Pasko (Again, I ask for the broad understanding, cooperation and compliance of each and every one for the welfare of our loved ones because taking precaution is our most important gift to them this Christmas,” the governor said. (PNA)
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