READ: Travel rules as Philippines starts easing coronavirus lockdown


Posted at May 16 2020 10:33 AM

READ: Travel rules as Philippines starts easing coronavirus lockdown 1
Police officers man a checkpoint in San Pedro, Laguna on March 15, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - The Philippines' coronavirus task force released Saturday guidelines on travel as the country relaxed a 2-month lockdown of Metro Manila and other areas to revive the shrinking economy.

Below is a summary of travel guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases:

1. All cargoes by land, air or sea should be "unhampered", said the IATF.

"Workers in the logistics sector, such as cargo, trucking, courier delivery and port operations shall likewise be allowed to transit across areas placed under any form of community quarantine," it said.

A maximum of 5 personnel may operate delivery vehicles.

2. The following individuals are permitted to travel "within and across" any level of quarantine:

- Health workers
- Government officials and frontline personnel
- Those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons
- Those heading to the airport for travel abroad
- Migrant workers returning to their residence
- Other persons transported by the national government upon conduct of necessary quarantine protocols and in concurrence with the receiving local governments

Travel is also allowed for uniformed personnel and employees of official business with the corresponding travel authority.

Migrant workers will be deployed abroad after declaring their understanding of the risks involved. They will have "unhampered transit" to and from government offices to process their requirements.

3. Entry to areas under the strictest lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the less stringent modified ECQ is prohibited except for those permitted to render work.
4. Business establishments may provide point-to-point shuttle services or near site arrangements inside the modified lockdown areas like Metro Manila, Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales and Angeles City.

5. Non-essential exit is prohibited from areas under and modified lockdown and from Cebu and Mandaue Cities in the Visayas, which are under ECQ.

Those authorized to render work in ECQ areas can "move across areas placed under any form of community quarantine."

6. All other areas that are not under ECQ or modified lockdown will implement a general community quarantine that allows almost all industries to operate up to 75 percent except amusement and those with mass gatherings.

The movement of people in GCQ areas "for any purpose other than leisure shall be permitted."

Read the full guidelines here.