In a press conference, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas announced that Iloilo City will be on ‘block off’ during weekends in a bid to improve efforts in battling COVID-19. Moreover, the mayor has yet to sign an executive order to confirm the block off.
During weekends (block-off), all establishments will be closed starting this weekend, with the exception of hospitals and drug stores. The mandatory weekend closure will run until April 30, in time for the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine.
“It was decided by the COVID-19 team that, starting this week, Saturdays and Sundays will be totally blocked off for everyone, except only to buy medicines. We will no longer allow anyone to go out of their houses,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in an article by Iloilo Today.
“It was noticed that everyone is going out of their houses, and we will no longer allow that. We are asking the barangays and those who are holding checkpoints to make sure that everyone who goes out of his house should have a quarantine pass with him,” he adds. He also added that medical fontliners are only allowed to go out.