President Rodrigo Duterte approved the imposition of a “community quarantine” in the entire Metro Manila as a response of the government to contain the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
This recommendation to put the National Capital Region (NCR) under isolation was made by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases; it was approved by Duterte in a meeting in Malacañang on Thursday night.
With this isolationist move, land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila will be suspended starting March 15 until April 14.
Local government units outside Metro Manila are advised to follow the following guidelines in imposing localized community quarantine in their respective jurisdictions:
- Barangay-wide quarantine when there are at least two COVID-19 cases belonging to different households in the same barangay
- Municpality/city-wide quarantine when there are at least two COVID-19 cases belonging to different barangays in the same municipality/city
- Province-wide quarantine when there are at least two COVID-19 cases belonging to different municipalities, component cities or independent component cities in the same province
- LGUs which have imposed community quarantine will be allowed to access their Quick Response Fund upon declaration of a State of Calamity
Also banned are mass gatherings or the “planned or spontaneous event where the number of people attending could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event.”