Senate to Implement Three-Week 'Lockdown' for Guests

As three senators catch COVID-19.
Photo/s: Official Gazette

The Senate will limit the number of guests it will accommodate in its premises for the next three weeks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 among its community, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said Wednesday.

Starting Monday, Aug. 15, a three-week "lockdown" for guests will be implemented in the chamber, Zubiri said during the plenary session.

"We'll receive no guests for three weeks except for resource persons which will be limited to two per agency or organization. The others could participate remotely," he added.

The decision came after three senators tested positive for COVID-19 over the past two weeks, namely Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Imee Marcos, and Cynthia Villar.

Resource persons visiting the Senate will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result with a QR code taken within 24 hours, or a negative antigen test taken within 12 hours from a Department of Health-accredited facility, Zubiri said.

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During committee hearings and plenary sessions, senators will also only be allowed to be assisted with two members of their staff, he added.

A strict five-person limitation rule in the chamber's elevators will likewise be implemented.

"We beg the indulgence of the general public.... Sunod-sunod ang pagtama sa ating mga kasamahan sa Senado, and we just want to be safe," Zubiri said.

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