GenSan gov’t imposes curfew, travel restrictions

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera presides an inter-agency meeting on Friday to discuss preventive measures undertaken by city government against Covid-19 transmission in the city. (photo via Joseph Jubelag/MANILA BULLETIN)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY– Local authorities here have imposed a curfew and travel restrictions in a bid to prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the imposition of the curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. was aimed at restricting the unnecessary interaction of people in public to avoid infection or spread of the disease.

He said health personnel and other professionals and workers who work on the night shift are exempted from complying with the curfew.

“The imposition of curfew is to restrict the public from unnecessary social engagement during the curfew hours,” Rivera said.

The mayor stressed that the imposition of travel restriction was to prevent the unnecessary entry and exit of motorists in this city, which has a population of more than 500,000.

He said the travel restrictions were aimed to closely and easily monitor the influx and departure of people who might be suspected as COVID-19 carriers.

“Though GenSan is still Covid-free, the local government, together with other government agencies, police and military, is implementing pro-active measures to prevent the possible transmission of the disease in the city,” Rivera said.

The mayor also ordered the suspension classes at all levels, both in public and private schools, starting March 16.

He said the local government will also be deploying a skeletal force to man the administrative and operational manpower of the city hall starting March 16

The local government has also activated the Price Monitoring Council to monitor any possible hoarding and overpricing of goods and commodities amid the COVID-19 crisis.


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