November 19, 2021

The city of Bacolod has eased the limits imposed by Covid-19.

After the city’s status was reduced to Alert Level 2 from November 15 to 30, Mayor Evelio Leonardia signed two executive orders relaxing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions.

President Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to lift the mandatory use of face shields in areas under Alert Level 1 to 3 on November 15, prompting Leonardia to issue Executive Order (EO) 54 on the voluntary use of face shields.

On Monday, he issued EO 53, in accordance with the IATF-EID guideline, reducing Bacolod from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 2.

“While we are now on Alert Level 2 and have seen a decline in Covid-19 cases,” Leonardia said in a statement, “it is preferable that we remain vigilant while we loosen limitations.”

Residents should constantly wear masks and avoid large gatherings and areas with inadequate ventilation, according to him.

“The virus is still out there, but it can be defeated if we follow health guidelines and get vaccinated.” “At all times, protect yourself,” he advised.

The mayor urged anyone who has not been vaccinated to get the Covid-19 vaccine at the nearest immunization clinic.

Curfew hours were shortened to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. in EO 53, down from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. previously.

Alcohol drinking in licensed establishments is likewise restricted to the hours of midday to 10 p.m.

Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions, or MICE, as well as permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagements, wedding anniversaries, debuts and birthdays, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, are limited to a maximum of 50% for indoor venues for fully vaccinated individuals only and 70% for outdoor venue capacity for those under 18 years old, even if unvaccinated.

Travelers entering and exiting Bacolod must provide their valid vaccination cards, while unvaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test result received within 72 hours of their arrival in the city.

Following the request of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor, Leonardia issued Executive Order 52 on Nov. 4 prohibiting the use of non-permeable or plastic acetate barriers for all public utility vehicles.

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