Guimaras Scraps Quarantine Measures

The Province of Guimaras has eased up on some of its travel regulations meant to contain the spread of COVID-19 in a bid to jumpstart the economic recovery of the province.

Governor Samuel T. Gumarin signed Executive Order No. 12, series of 2021 adopting new travel protocols pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution No. 101.

Returning or visiting persons coming from outside Western Visayas including returning overseas Filipino workers, Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), government personnel or government sanctioned/commissioned individuals and non-residents shall no longer be required to undergo quarantine measures.

However, they shall present a recent negative RT-PCR result upon entry to the province. The RT-PCR test must be conducted not later than two days before the date of travel.

Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) must provide their identification card, travel order, travel itinerary and must undergo the screening protocols imposed by the Provincial Government before they shall be allowed to enter Guimaras.

Individuals with symptoms referable to COVID-19 but have medical certificate that he/she is not a COVID-19 case or has a negative RT-PCR result maybe allowed entry, however, they will be subjected to the quarantine protocols implemented by the Provincial Government.

The conduct of Rapid Diagnostic Testing (RDT) was likewise terminated. The new travel regulation is believed to fuel the recovery of the province’s economy that was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Gumarin admits that doing away with the quarantine protocols is a big risk for the Province of Guimaras.

The Governor however, stressed that there shall be a balance in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 and the recovery of the island’s economy.

He appeals to the public to continue to observe the minimum health standards in order not to waste the gains achieved by the province in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic

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