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Western Visayas eases travel restrictions on June 1

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For the unhampered flow of people, vehicles, and goods beginning June 1, Iloilo City, the provinces of Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, Capiz, and Guimaras would be opening their borders.

There would be no more border restrictions and quarantine passes would no longer be required as the entire Western Visayas region would be under a modified general community quarantine starting tomorrow, Monday.

According to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, he and governors Arthur Defensor Jr. (Iloilo), Rhodora Cadiao (Antique), Florencio Miraflores (Aklan), Esteban Evan Contreras (Capiz), and Samuel Gumarin (Guimaras) agreed that airports and seaports would remain closed except for the transport of returning stranded residents of the region, and delivery of essential goods. (https://bit.ly/2XJweDJ)

Negros Occidental Governor Jose Eugenio Lacson and Bacolod City’s Mayor Evelio Leonardia also attended the virtual meeting but did not commit to open their borders, citing their uncertainty as to when the trips of fast crafts between Negros Occidental/Bacolod City and Panay Island would resume.

A modified general community quarantine is the transition phase between general community quarantine and the “new normal” when restrictions are further relaxed and become less necessary such as limiting people’s movement and public transportation, the operation of industries, and the presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine.

All persons will be allowed outside their houses, although minimum public health standards will still have to be complied with.

Public gatherings such as movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities will be allowed, but participants may fill no more than half of the capacity of the venue. The same rule will apply to religious gatherings, community assemblies, and non-essential work gatherings.

As of May 29, the confirmed coronavirus cases in Western Visayas stood at 113 with 81 patients having recovered and 10 mortalities. According to the Department of Health, the region’s active COVID-19 cases stood at only 22.

Here’s the breakdown of the 113 cases:

* Aklan – six

* Antique – 14

* Capiz – six

* Guimaras – zero

* Iloilo province – 20

* Negros Occidental – three

* Bacolod City – 10

* Iloilo City – 19

* repatriates – 35 (Aklan, two; Antique, four; Guimaras, three; Iloilo province, four; Negros Occidental, seven; Bacolod City, four; Iloilo City, 11)