Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson Jr. has ordered the lifting of border checkpoints in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental effective tomorrow, November 7.
The border checkpoints are in Paco, Libacao, and Enclaro, Tongson said in Executive Order 2020-53, Series of 2020 issued Thursday, November 5.
However, the EO stressed that safety measures must be observed by Himamaylan residents living or working outside the city but within the province of Negros Occidental to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19.
They must inform their barangay officials prior to their return and on their arrival in Himamaylan for monitoring purposes, the EO said.
The barangay officials will in turn notify the concerned purok presidents of the arrival of their residents for monitoring and compliance with health and safety protocols.
In order to ensure the safety of other members of the community, those returning to Himamaylan during the weekend or during their day-offs from work should stay inside their residences, the EO said.
Arriving residents are strictly prohibited from going out of their residences while in Himamaylan, except for going back to their place of work or origin, it added.
Those intending to return to Himamaylan City permanently should notify their barangay officials so they can undergo free RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 facilitated by the city government and must stay in a quarantine facility prior to the release of the results that normally takes three to five days, the EO said.
In the event of a COVID-19 positive result the person should stay in a quarantine facility until ordered release, it added.*