Gasoline stations, funeral parlors to remain open during Luzon lockdown

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 02:11 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2020 02:13 PM

Gasoline stations, funeral parlors to remain open during Luzon lockdown 1
An attendant assists a motorist at a gasoline station in San Juan City on November 7, 2018. Gigie Cruz. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Gasoline stations and businesses offering "critical services" should remain open during the lockdown period of Luzon since these are needed by the public, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Wednesday.

Businesses offering funeral and interment services, and garbage collection should also continue for the entire “enhanced community quarantine” in Luzon until April 12.

“Other critical services should remain open [namely] garbage collection, funeral and interment services, [and] gasoline stations,” Nograles said during a televised briefing.

The following businesses that provide basic services or sell primary necessities are also allowed to operate during the lockdown period:

- public markets
- supermarkets
- groceries
- convenience stores
- hospitals
- medical clinics
- pharmacies and drug stores
- food preparation and delivery services
- water-refilling stations
- manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines
- banks
- money transfer services
- power, energy, water, and telecommunications supplies and facilities

Luzon was placed under an enhanced community quarantine starting Tuesday which meant strict home confinement in all households, suspension of transportation lines, regulation of provision for food and essential health services, and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce isolation procedures.

The Philippines is in a state of public health emergency over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that has spread out of China to more than 160 countries and territories since it was first detected late last year.

Nearly 200 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Philippines, of whom 14 resulted in deaths and 7 recovered, as of Wednesday morning.