Gov. Marcos Manotoc to ease quarantine rules after April


Apr. 16, 2020 ...

Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc considers easing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) protocols to allow the resumption of business operations in Ilocos Norte after the extension period of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on April 30.

"Hopefully, after this Luzon ECQ, we can resume business not as usual but with certain adjustments," Governor Marcos Manotoc said in a press conference last April 13.

In doing so, he ensured to implement necessary precautions to avert the possible "second surge" of COVID-19, noting the stern measures in provincial borders to prevent the unnecessary entry of any individuals. 

"We have more than two weeks until that time. If we don't have any new suspect cases coming from Metro Manila, abroad, or other infected areas in the next few days, we're hoping that after April, we are giving ways for freedom and create our own version of quarantine," he explained.

However, Governor Marcos Manotoc emphasized that the total lockdown remains until the end of the month and will wait for further directive from the national government.

As of yesterday, the Ilocos Norte has one suspect case. Meanwhile, the number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) continues to decline with 230 people still going through the 14-day quarantine, and 11,450 PUMs have completed their self-quarantine period.