Ormoc City’s borders have been closed due to the spike of coronavirus disease or Covid 19 as its active cases on Thursday, Dec. 17 reached 98, following the order of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to relax its containment areas for authorized persons outside of residence (APORS).
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez issued an executive order to prevent the massive contraction of the Ormocanons from the dreaded plague killing more than 8,000 Filipinos nationwide since it came to the country.
“I’m left with no choice but to protect our people here in Ormoc City, and to protect the people coming into the city for them not to be infected because I don’t want that when you visit Ormoc, your families will also be infected,” Gomez said.
Gomez said the persons, who are allowed to enter the city, include APORs, health and emergency service personnel, government officials, authorized humanitarian assistance, people going to the airport and seaport for travel two hours before their departure, patients with doctor’s appointment, persons crossing zones for work, and returning residents.
One of the problems that the mayor has encountered are the APORS saying that most of them are feeling entitled to avail the privileges extended to them by the government.
Gomez said that they instructed the six mayors of the fourth district of Leyte about the border pass they issued to their constituents are cancelled until such time that they will be allowed to re-enter the city.
Christmas parties both in public and private offices will not be allowed, together with mass gatherings except for business establishments like restaurants as they are allowed with their customers at 50 percent seating capacity.
Family gatherings, however, in residences may be allowed but limited only to the same persons living in the same household indoors, but outdoors or open-air they should not exceed 30 persons.
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