Some La Union areas under MECQ amid COVID-19 spike

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) — One city and five municipalities in La Union province are now under modified enhanced community quarantine to curb the further spread of COVID-19.

La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III placed San Fernando City and the municipalities of Agoo, Aringay, Naguilian, Luna, and Tubao under MECQ.

The MECQ is in force unless superseded or modified by subsequent policies, Ortega said in Executive Order 10.

The strict quarantine classification in San Fernando City is effective until April 23 "unless sooner revoked or extended," Ortega said in a separate EO.

The rest of the northern Luzon province is under the lowest form of quarantine until the end of the month.

Non-essential travel is prohibited during the MECQ period.

People who need to go outside of the province for work must register to the COVID-19 tracking system NAPANAM a day before departure, present a government-issued ID, travel order from their companies or proof of official business, and negative RT-PCR test results issued within the last 30 days of testing. Those with outbound and non-official travel must comply with the same requirements except for the travel order. 

Travelers passing through La Union are required to show negative RT-PCR test results in checkpoints and sign up on NAPANAM.

Returning overseas Filipinos should present negative swab test results issued within three days before their arrival in La Union. But if they present their Bureau of Quarantine certificate in lieu of a test result, they will be brought to a facility for testing and they must stay there until results are released.

Read the full MECQ guidelines here.