Authorities are reminding both residents and non-residents (from outside the city) to avoid unnecessary travels to and from Dumaguete City while it is under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
The Philippine National Police, the Barangay Public Safety Officers and Health Marshals are tasked to set Quarantine Control Posts to regulate the movement of vehicles and persons to ensure that their travels are essential and they comply with the minimum health standards that includes the wearing of face masks and social distancing.
The main objective is to avoid mass gatherings and close contacts of people in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Under the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines with amendments as of May 20, 2021, the movement of all persons under MECQ shall be limited only to accessing essential goods and services from permitted establishments or for work in such establishments.
Furthermore, any person below 18-years-old, those above 65-year-old, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks and pregnant women are mandated to stay at home unless when accessing for permitted goods and services.