MANILA--Rizal province will be locked down beginning Monday, April 6, to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a provincial official said Saturday.
In a statement, Rizal information officer Anthony Mateo confirmed that Acting Governor Reynaldo San Juan issued the directive, which did not say how long the lockdown will last.
Under San Juan's executive order, the province will shut down its borders to travelers, except for workers in health institutions, the food industry, pharmacies and drugstores, markets and grocery stores, and other authorized government personnel.
Media members with accredited IDs are also exempted.
Public utility vehicles will not be allowed to leave or enter Rizal, except for those authorized by the provincial government to transport health workers and other frontliners.
Checkpoints will also be set up along Rizal's borders, so police and military personnel can guard them around the clock.
Local mayors of Rizal have been mandated to implement the lockdown in their respective jurisdictions. -- Report from Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News