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Iloilo City Mayor Suspends Entry by Sea

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas signs Executive Order No. 50, an executive order suspending and prohibiting the non-essential entry of persons traveling by sea to the City of Love in a bid to contain and prevent the spread and/or local transmission of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (Covid-19/2019 NCOV ARD) from 16 March 2020 at 12 midnight until 14 April 2020, and for other purposes.

In a social media post by the Iloilo City Government, the EO is a preemptive measure to curb and prevent the spread and/or local transmission of Covid-19 in Iloilo City. Passengers traveling by sea from Metro Manila (and its cities), Batangas Seaport through the Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) Ports and those prior to entering Iloilo City who has come from the 120 countries identified by the World Health Organization shall not be allowed to enter the metro. The mandate is effective from March 16 to April 14, 2020.

Moreover, in the same post, immune-compromised passengers and those who are at risk of being infected by Covid-19 shall be subjected to protocols, decision tools, and triages issued by the accredited health authorities.

In addition, entry of cargo ships and vessels will be unhampered and shall go through the guidelines set by the Department of Health. Crew or passenger of the cargo ships or vessels cannot be allowed to disembark from the respective vessels during the same period indicated above.

Those who will break protocols will face administrative and criminal sanctions as prescribed in the Executive Order.

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