Governor Edwin Ongchuan issued today, March 17, 2020, Executive Order No. 01-03-20 series of 2020, Placing the Entire Province of Northern Samar under General Community Quarantine effective 12:00MN of March 19, 2020 until 12:00MN of April 15, 2020, after thorough deliberation with municipal mayors, local health officials and other stakeholders in a meeting earlier at the Governor’s Residence.
Included in the Executive Order is imposing a daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM which will be implemented over the whole province of Northern Samar starting March 19, 2020.
Health workers, members of the PNP and AFP, authorized government officials or employees, those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons providing basic services and public utilities, essential skeletal workforce, returning residents, members of the Provincial Health Board and the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19, cargo vehicles, including their drivers and helpers, bringing in goods, supplies and equipment, are exempted in the restrictions of movement.
This is an additional mitigation measure imposed by the provincial government in order to protect Northern Samar. As of 3:00 PM of March 17, the province remains without a confirmed case of COVID-19 with 25 persons under investigations (PUIs).