(File photo courtesy of Roy Mark Maarat)

The El Nido municipal government has urged local and foreign tourists to leave the town in two days, as the local government unit (LGU) bids to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from entering the global tourist destination.

Mayor Edna Gacot-Lim, in an advisory on Friday afternoon, temporarily suspended all land, sea, and air travel going to and from the municipality of El Nido starting March 15 to April 14.

However, she said that health, food, and other immediate supply deliveries may be permitted within its borders.

“Suspension of domestic air, sea, and land transport going to and from El Nido will be imposed, except for health, food, and immediate supply deliveries, subjected to the checkpoint and necessary screening by the Philippine National Police (PNP),” she said.

Travelers were requested to leave within two days to avoid being stranded in the municipality.

All arriving travelers, which also includes local residents, will also be subjected to a mandatory home quarantine for 14 days, pursuant to the protocol set by the Department of Health (DOH).

Municipal Health Office (MHO), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), and PNP were tasked to guard all entry municipal entry points including El Nido Port at the town proper; El Nido Airport at Barangay Villa Libertad; checkpoints at Sitio Bobolongan, Bgy. Corong-Corong; Bgy. Manlag; and Bgy. San Fernando.

An order suspending domestic air travel was issued early Friday by Puerto Princesa City mayor Lucilo Bayron for Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA), and Coron acting-mayor Asian Palanca for Busuanga Airport.