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Mayor Sara sets additional guidelines under community quarantine

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued Monday, March 23, an executive order providing for additional guidelines in the implementation of community quarantine beginning March 26 until April 19 unless further extended, modified or withdrawn.

Under EO 20, Duterte-Carpio said there is still a need for some business establishments and offices to continue operations and allow employees to come in.

“It becomes necessary to supplement existing quarantine guidelines and impose stricter measures for this purpose,” she said.

Part of the additional guidelines under EO No. 20 are the following:

Face masks are mandatory when going out in public;

No person can come out from their residence, dwelling, and its immediate surroundings except those who will buy food or medicine, go to the hospital or in an emergency situation, and except as herein provided;

Close all establishments and offices, except government offices, groceries, supermarkets, wet markets/palengkes, food commissaries, food manufacturing, food delivery services, wholesale stores, convenience stores, sari-sari stores, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies, drugstores, banks and ATMs, savings and credit cooperatives, money-transfer services and bayad centers, courier services, other delivery services, construction hardware, doctor’s and dentist’s clinics, gas stations, water refilling stations, LPG stations, and business process outsourcing/call centers. Whenever possible, a skeletal workforce arrangement must be implemented to create distancing between employees;

Ambulant food and non-food vendors are prohibited to sell anywhere;

Jeepney drivers shall continue to work for the government by providing public transportation service, sanitation of jeepney units, implementation of social distancing and wearing of masks in public;

Taxis shall accommodate a maximum of 2 passengers only per trip. Tricycles and trisikads shall carry 1 passenger only per trip;

The schedule of the ban of trucks along the highways is hereby lifted;

Funeral parlors and private and public cemeteries are mandated to impose a “family members only” wake and burial and at all times demand compliance and observance of two (2) meter distance between family members and frequent handwashing with soap and water;

All public and private educational institutions should prepare for online enrollment procedures and the possibility of online classes for the months of April to July 2020.

There were also guidelines for cargo, and ration cards, among others.

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