Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials plan to impose strict COVID-19-related movement restrictions in Navotas, Metro Manila, Philippines, 0500 July 16-2359 July 29.

  • Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 04:01 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 29 Jul 2020 04:00 PM UTC
  • Event: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Navotas, Metro Manila (map)
  • Time Frame: 0500 July 16-2359 July 29
  • Impact: Heightened security, business and transport disruptions

Summary
Officials plan to impose strict movement restrictions in Navotas, Metro Manila, 0500 July 16-2359 July 29 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures, which are more stringent than most COVID-19-related restrictions throughout Metro Manila and the rest of the country, will affect around 250,000 people. Authorities will limit quarantine pass usage to specific days for each barangay; residents can typically use these passes to leave their homes to obtain essential supplies. At-risk groups, including people below the age of 21 and above the age of 65, cannot leave their homes except in emergencies. People will have to adhere to health protocols, such as wearing masks and washing their hands when in public.

Residents cannot leave Navotas, except for essential employees working outside the city, among others. Nonresidents cannot enter Navotas, with limited exemptions. People working in Navotas or delivering goods can enter the city. Vehicles can pass through Navotas only at Lapu-Lapu Avenue, North Bay Boulevard, C-3, C-4, and R-10 roads; drivers cannot stop unless ordered to by security officers.

The local government will prohibit movement on Sundays to facilitate the cleaning of the city's public areas. Officials will allow markets and grocery centers to operate 0500-2000 daily except Sundays. Mass gatherings are banned, with an exception for funerals, which can involve only 10 attendees. Severe business disruptions will likely occur in the city.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by restrictions. Confirm appointments. Remain cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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