This is NLEX on first day of enhanced community quarantine

President Rodrigo Duterte declared enhanced community quarantine for the entire island of Luzon on Monday night. The enhanced community quarantine is scheduled to run until April 12 and it aims to address the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Based on the guidelines released by the Palace last Saturday, implementing enhanced community quarantine means:

  • home quarantine will be implemented in all households
  • transportation will be suspended
  • provision for food and essential health services will be regulated
  • the presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be heightened

Going in and out of Metro Manila is strictly monitored. Right now, NLEX has been closed but with a few exceptions for delivery trucks carrying basic goods, vehicles of frontline workers, and emergency vehicles.

Checkpoints have been placed at the south-bound entrances of the Balintawak Toll Plaza, Ciudad de Victoria, Marilao Southbound, Mindanao Toll Plaza, and Smart Connect, according to NLEX Corp.

The Bocaue toll plaza was also closed after the president has placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), said Bocaue police chief Colonel Rizalino Andaya.

The northbound lane of Balintawak and Mindanao Avenue, where checkpoints were installed, were also closed to traffic.

Some restaurants and establishments in this capital city have closed because of the quarantine, and only a few public utility vehicles served their routes as residents flocked to public markets and groceries.

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