Addressing the reported presence of the United Kingdom (UK) variant of Covid-19 in La Trinidad, Benguet and the rising number of confirmed cases in their areas, the local government units (LGU) of Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) agreed to implement temporary border restrictions on 1 to 15 February.
The UK strain infected 12 in Bontoc, Mountain Province and one in La Trinidad La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda immediately imposed an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
The rest of the BLISTT LGU expressed their support for Salda in a resolution.
“There is an understanding among us this is only being done to stop the transmission of the virus. The good outcome of this practice is the safety and welfare of his people and of the constituents of the rest of the BLISTT,” the resolution read.
BLISTT officials agreed that in the wake of recent developments and the impending imposition of a general community quarantine (GCQ) in the whole Cordillera, they are reinforcing their respective Covid-19 preventive practices and temporarily regulating movements in order to manage the new variant.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong Jr. announced on Tuesday that the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will soon be under GCQ under the National Inter Agency Task Force guidelines because of rising coronavirus cases.
“As such, border regulations shall be temporarily implemented in BLISTT entry and exit points,” the BLISTT resolution stated.
All inter-BLISTT travels for purpose of work and availing of essential goods and services shall present medical certificates and clearances, issued by licensed physicians, stating that they do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
For non-residents from other places entering BLISTT areas, they must have travel authorities or permits and medical certificates.
For those going to Baguio, they should follow the processes provided at hdf.baguio.gov.ph while tourists should strictly adhere to requirements stated at visita.baguio.gov.ph.
On Tuesday, Baguio recorded 90 new cases, bringing its active cases to 558, Mt. Province has 317 active infections and Benguet confirmed 50 new infections for a total of 255 active cases. CAR has 1,709 active cases and 152 deaths.