Strict travel restrictions in and out of Ormoc City has been extended as its fight against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues.
Mayor Richard Gomez issued Executive Order No. 80 on Wednesday regulating the travel of people by land, sea, and air until July 31.
As directed, non-residents of Ormoc from areas with known local or community transmission of coronavirus, who work or have a business in the city are not allowed to enter the border.
Residents who work or have an essential business in areas without known local transmission will be allowed entry and exit provided they present a government-issued ID showing a home address in Ormoc or latest barangay (village) certification, a QR code from the safeormoc.today website, and a health pass from the city health office which is only valid for seven days.
“Those who intend to return to Ormoc as their place of residence will be subjected to the resident recovery program,” Gomez said.
The city government said other persons allowed entry and exit in the city must also secure a QR code, a health certificate from the place of origin indicating the person has not been asymptomatic in the past 14 days for Covid-19, and proof of identity.
These include non-residents from areas with no local transmission who render service or have a business in the city, inter-agency task force members, national and local officials, workers who render basic utility services, health workers, hospital workers from private and public facilities, transportation and service providers, media, including personnel of the Philippine Red Cross and World Health Organization, all in the exercise of their functions.
Those who need medical attention or other professional services must secure an appointment letter or admission slip from the person authorized to engage in his or her profession, specifying the date and time of consultation and meeting in Ormoc.
“Physicians and hospitals are not allowed to accept patients from areas with known cases of local or community transmission of coronavirus,” Gomez said.
Immediate family members of a deceased person who will attend necrological service, including the priest or religious ministers, must provide proof of death upon entry.
“All persons allowed entry in the city, whether in regular or priority lanes are mandated to accomplish health forms and undergo thermal scanning,” Gomez said.
The city government also required companies or business entities who deliver supplies or perform services outside to provide its drivers and employees facilities to ensure they have undergone proper health protocol before contact with others in the community.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, Ormoc City has confirmed a total of 63 cases, including 60 recoveries, based on the monitoring report of the Department of Health.
To date, the city has three active coronavirus cases, managed in its local isolation facilities. (PNA)