Negros Oriental has shut down all airports, sea ports, and land borders.
Authorities in Negros Oriental have decided to shut down their borders while awaiting for the government’s response to their plea on placing their returning residents on tough health checks.
On June 5, all mayors agreed on their meeting for the provincial Interagency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to cut off all access to the province.
Both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled their flights which were supposed to resume in June.
As of June 4, the COVID-19 cases in the province had 18 new infections. According to Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, the relaxing restrictions contributed to this sudden spike.
A directive by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) required returning residents to:
- Secure a medical certificate from their places of origin
- Travel authority from the Joint Task Force COVID Shield
If the national IATF approved Negros Oriental’s request, returning residents would be required to secure certificate of acceptance from officials of their hometowns and test results showing they’re negative for coronavirus.