Metro Manila cities impose curfew as COVID-19 cases rise

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Local governments in Metro Manila are reintroducing curfew hours to curb the increase of COVID-19 cases.

Experts say the recent rise in cases show that “a surge is already underway.”  Lately, the government has been easing travel restrictions and has allowed non-essential establishments like movie houses and game arcades to reopen. Some local government units (LGUs) are placing some barangays under lockdown.

On Thursday, March 11, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr announced that Metro Manila mayors had agreed to impose uniform curfew hours for two weeks, from 10 pm to 5 am, starting Monday, March 15.

Here is a list of LGUs with the specific details of their curfews:

Caloocan

  • Employees are exempted and must present their IDs when traveling. 

Muntinlupa

  • Exempted: Authorized persons outside residence, health workers, and all who are employed. 
  • Checkpoints will be reinstalled. 

Pasay City

  • Exempted: Workers, individuals dealing with emergencies, and those with purposes of air or sea travel 

San Juan

  • Exempted: Health workers, uniformed personnel, LGU officials on duty, employees travelling to/from work, delivery services, transport drivers, and individuals in emergency situations.
  • Curfew violators will be fined P20,000 to P50,000.

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