NegOcc to implement enhanced community quarantine on March 30


In a bid to curb the coronavirus (Covid-19) spread, the Province of Negros Occidental will be placed under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for 16 days.

This after Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson issued Executive Order (EO) 20-20, implementing ECQ measures that will take effect starting 12:01 a.m. of March 30 until 11:59 p.m. of April 14.

An ECQ is not a lockdown because this will only limit people on the streets, clarified Lacson.

He reiterated the need to implement such measures as the entire country grapples with a Covid-19 outbreak. (

A strict home quarantine rules shall be observed in all households; movement shall be limited to accessing basic necessities; provision for food and essential health services shall be regulated and there will be a heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enhance quarantine procedures.

The local government units shall grant ECQ passes to one person per household authorizing him/her to leave their residence solely purposes of buying food, medicines and other basic necessities.

Only those private establishments providing basic necessities and engaged such activities related to food and medical supplies shall be open. There will also be a suspension of mass transportation (buses, jeepneys, taxis, V-hire vans, tricycles, E-tricycles, pedicabs) during the period.

Borders and ports in the province will be sealed.

“Curfew is not anymore applicable since only one member is allowed to go out. Senior citizens who are the most vulnerable with the virus are strictly not allowed to go out,” said Lacson.