Crossing between Metro Manila and the provinces is still prohibited while the National Capital Region is under general community quarantine until September 30, a police official said on Tuesday, September 1.
Essential workers who must cross to the province and back are allowed to pass through checkpoints as long as they present their company ID, said Lt. Gen Guillermo Eleazar, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander.
“Wala pong magiging problema. Hindi nila kailangan ng travel authority,” Eleazar said, referring to essential workers.
“Kung lalabas ng Metro Manila o papasok dito, kagaya na rin ng ibang probinsya at highly urbanized cities, kailangan pa rin ng travel authority kung hindi po essential worker,” he said.
Those wishing to go to the province from Metro Manila must first secure a medical clearance from their respective local government unit’s health officials and present this to the police, who will then coordinate with their province of destination. Only then will a travel authority be granted, Eleazar explained.
The travel authority will have specific approved dates, and will only be valid during that time. Locally stranded individuals and those traveling for emergency purposes can apply for travel authority, Eleazar added. Checkpoints, meanwhile, will still be in place all over the capital region to curb unnecessary travel.
Metro Manila, along with Bulacan, Batangas, Bacolod, and Tacloban, were placed under GCQ until the end of September.
NOTE: This story originally appeared on Reportr.world. Minor edits have been made.