Baguio City, Philippines – To control the surge of the COVID-19 virus, a 10-day suspension for non-essential travel of non-residents and residents is to be implemented starting this Thursday, September 23 in Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay (BLISTT) areas.
In a meeting on September 21, concerned mayors decided to limit the movement of people in these areas as the virus continues to increase and that Baguio and Benguet province are on Alert Level classification 4.
For authorized persons outside residence (APORs) and residents who work in permitted industries, they are required to show documents as proof of their identity and that their movement is for essential reasons.
Documents to be shown include task force members, contact tracer or employment IDs, certificate of employment, proof of confirmed appointment for transactions, confirmed medical appointment, or barangay certification showing that they are employed in non-formal industries (starting on September 27, 2021, only).
For residents who wish to travel to access essential goods and services, they are allowed as long as it is on their designated schedules provided by their respective local government units (LGUs.)
While there is a limitation of movement, unhampered passages will still apply for cargo, delivery, and logistics services for essential or non-essential goods.
For persons 17 years old and below, senior citizens aged 65 and above, and immuno-compromised persons are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary travels outside their homes, except for other purposes such as medical reasons.
Likewise, travelers going in and out of Baguio City are redirected to pass Marcos Highway as the Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual highway is intended solely for essential cargo for the meantime.
Of this writing, Baguio and Benguet have recorded the highest active cases in the region, 3,714 for Baguio City and 3,126 in Benguet.