THE Provincial Government of Pangasinan imposed longer curfew hours starting Tuesday, August 24, in a bid to curb the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province.
"By virtue of the powers vested in me, (I) do hereby order the province-wide curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.," Governor Amado Espino III said in Executive Order (EO) 0090-2021, which was issued on Monday, August 23.
Espino said the EO superseded the previously issued guidelines for 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew under EO 0081-2021 while its other provisions are retained.
"There is a need to extend the present province-wide curfew to further limit the movement of people to arrest the rising trend of Covid-19 cases in the province," he said.
Based on the data of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Pangasinan has been recording a daily average of over 100 Covid-19 cases since August 16.
On August 22, the PHO reported 202 new Covid-19 cases in the province.
On Monday, August 23, the province logged 317 new cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,532.
Espino said authorized persons outside of residence (Apors) and emergency cases are exempted from the curfew hours.
Violators of the curfew will be meted with a penalty under the applicable ordinance, he said, adding that component local government units are directed to observe the curfew restrictions in their respective territorial jurisdictions. (PNA)