Cavite under relaxed quarantine from May 16: governor

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2020 10:20 AM | Updated as of May 12 2020 11:25 AM

MANILA - Cavite province, home to some 3.7 million people, will ease its lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic from May 16, Governor Jonvic Remulla said Tuesday.

Cavite and the entire Luzon have been under enhanced community quarantine or ECQ since March 17. The province south of the capital will be implement a less stringent general community quarantine or GCQ starting Saturday, Remulla said, quoting information from Malacañang.

Under general quarantine, Cavite will gradually reboot its economy by reopening the following, he said.

- "limited" stores at malls with warmer air-conditioning
- take-out services at restaurants
- construction
- factories

Liquor will remain prohibited, an 8 pm to 5 am curfew will still be in place exempting those with work permits, and residents will be required to wear face masks outside their homes, Remulla said on Facebook.

Apart from workers, residents who have no quarantine pass should remain in their homes, he added.

Remulla told his constituents to wait for the national government's guidelines on public transportation and motorcycle backrides.

President Rodrigo Duterte deferred earlier Tuesday an expected announcement on which areas would relax their lockdowns.

Laguna and Metro Manila would still be under ECQ, Remulla said without identifying the source of the information.

The governor said he would talk to authorities about guidelines on the movement of goods and people to and from these areas and Cavite.

Cavite is the most populous province in Calabarzon region, according to 2015 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.