Pampanga extends stricter measures until April 30

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The provincial government announced the extension of stricter measures in Pampanga until April 30.

Governor Dennis Pineda said the provisions stipulated under Executive Order (EO) No. 05-B-2021 aims to intensify the implementation of existing protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

“Under this amended EO, we extended the implementation of curfew hours from 8:00PM to 5:00AM. In addition, total liquor ban is still in effect in the entire province during the said period,” Pineda said.

Exempted from the curfew are health emergency, government, frontline, essential, and night shift workers and others who are traveling on medical and humanitarian reasons, as long as they present necessary documents and IDs at established checkpoints. 

The governor also reiterated the implementation of “house lockdown”, prohibiting Kapampangans to visit other barangays and households.

“To ensure the compliance of the public to this, we tasked the uniformed personnel and barangay officials to establish and maintain checkpoints for the duration of the EO,” he said. 

To regulate the number of people who go out of their residences, the EO also orders that those below 18 and above 65 years old, with comorbidities, and pregnant women should stay at home; while a maximum of two persons per household only are allowed to go out to buy essential goods. 

The provincial government also reminded the public that all forms of illegal gambling are strictly prohibited; while public gathering are limited only to a maximum of five persons.

“Exemption to this include social and family gatherings in resorts, covered courts, and function halls, provided that they secure permit from the municipal or city inter-agency task force. In addition, social gathering at household level may be allowed by the barangay provided the participants follow the protocols,” Pineda said. 

Non-residents must present a negative RT-PCR test result covering 72 hours upon arrival in the province; while Authorized Persons Outside Residence must present the necessary documents.

To ensure continuity of business, all permitted establishments and activities in areas placed under Modified General Community Quarantine can operate. 

“However, local chief executives in municipalities or cities experiencing surge in cases may implement stricter guidelines and protocols in their respective jurisdiction,” the governor said. 

Under the EO, Pineda also encouraged both public and private workplaces to adopt alternative work arrangements and limit face-to-face meetings. 

“Let us utilize the use of existing technology in the conduct of our work and ensure that physical barriers are in place to prevent workplace transmission of the virus,” he said. 

In closing, Pineda appealed to Kapampangans, especially the vulnerable sectors, to strictly follow the quarantine protocols and observe minimum public health standards.