Muntinlupa placed under 24-hour curfew

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — The local government of Muntinlupa has imposed a 24-hour curfew starting Saturday in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The city council approved in a special session Friday an ordinance requiring Muntinlupa residents to just stay in their homes. Exempted are health personnel, law enforcers, other frontliners, workers who provide 'essential services,' and 'emergency cases.'

There will be a written record of curfew violation for first-time offenders, according to the ordinance. First-time violators will also be stripped of benefits granted by the local government until the end of quarantine period or on April 12, it added.

Repeat offenses will also be put on barangay records. Second-time violators will also stop receiving relief goods and other assistance.

The ordinance was signed by Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi on March 21 and took effect immediately.

An earlier ordinance imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The curfew ordinance follows an earlier agreement among Metro Manila mayors that recommended such measure to keep people off the streets to contain the viral disease.

President Rodrigo Duterte early this week placed the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine as a strategy against the spread of COVID-19.