Areas outside of Metro Manila placed under community quarantine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) — The province of La Union, the cities of Davao and Zamboanga, and the municipality of San Jose Del Monte town in Bulacan have imposed new restrictions as part of a so-called community quarantine in hopes of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Entering and exiting La Union, where 13 people are suspected of having COVID-19, will be prohibited from March 16 to April 12. Tourist destinations at the surfing destination will be closed during the same period, according to an executive order issued Sunday by Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III.

The order also provides for the suspension of classes and work in most government offices, except those “whose services cannot be dispensed with.”

It also requires local chief executives of the province to implement a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. during the duration of the quarantine.

The order also bans the consumption of alcoholic drinks in public places at all times.

Duterte-Carpio’s order also discourages people from leaving their homes, except for when they have to come out to work, buy food or medicine, or go to the hospital.

Mass gatherings, religious activities, and classes on all levels in Davao City are suspended until after the state of public emergency has been lifted.

Public transportation and cargo deliveries in the city will still be allowed, and employees from other provinces may enter the city, given necessary screening procedures.

Meetings, bank transactions, and procurement of goods from local suppliers should be done online, the executive order added.

Davao City also banned all flights from Clark Airport on the same day.

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella also issued similar directives in an executive order, which imposes a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

It also cancels classes, all mass gatherings, and other big events in the city until April 14.

Malls, recreational centers, and other commercial establishments in Cebu City should only operate until 8 p.m.

Although government work in Cebu City should not be disrupted, government agencies are advised to have an alternative work arrangement. Private companies are also advised to adopt flexible work arrangements.

The town of San Juan del Monte in Bulacan has also suspended classes and mass gatherings, with checkpoints being installed in five areas.

Malacañang released guidelines on Saturday — mere hours before the implementation of the Metro Manila quarantine — in a bid to answer the questions raised following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of a 30-day quarantine of the National Capital Region.

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Curfew will also be imposed in Metro Manila based on ordinances passed by the city and municipality executives. The city ordinances are expected to be released in the coming week.

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State officials clarified that it is imposing a "community quarantine" which means movement in Metro Manila is limited to accessing basic necessities and work; and uniformed personnel and quarantine officers shall be present at border points.

The Philippine government earlier denied imposing a "lockdown," which indicates a state of isolation or restricted access as a security measure.

Eleven people have died of COVID-19 in the country, with a total of 140 cases to date.