Baler, Zamboanga del Sur to implement stricter measures to control COVID-19 surge

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — Local authorities of Baler and Zamboanga del Sur said stringent measures will be implemented in their areas to control the spread of COVID-19 starting Oct. 15.

On Wednesday, the Baler Municipal Inter-Agency Task force issued a directive setting a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. All residents are also urged to wear face masks and face shields. Checkpoints will be placed in all entry points going to Baler.

Back riding on motorcycles and overloading in tricycles are also not allowed.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Victor Yu issued an executive order limiting the movement of residents. Only those who need to go to work are allowed to go out of their homes. A curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. has been imposed, except in Pagadian City which will have a curfew of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Other measures that will take effect for 14 days starting Thursday include a province-wide liquor ban and the temporary closure of beaches, resorts, including entertainment establishments. Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Gatherings, including religious events, are discouraged.

CNN Philippines correspondent Leah Agonoy contributed to this report.