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The province of Iloilo will not dispute the Alert Level 3 classification

CITY OF ILOILO – The provincial government in this province has decided not to appeal its Alert Level 3 designation, which went into force on February 16 and will stay until February 28, 2022.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the rating is appropriate for the province’s current situation, adding that there isn’t much of a difference between Alert Levels 2 and 3.

“The management of high-risk activities and establishments is the focus of the alert level system. The rule for Level 2 is 50-70. “All high-risk establishments, with an indoor capacity of 50 percent or more, should be fully vaccinated,” he said.

The regulation for Alert Level 3 is 30-50, which indicates that interior capacity is limited to 30% and outdoor capacity is limited to 50%.

What matters, according to Defensor, is that businesses are open and that minimum public health standards (MPHS) are followed.

The governor signed Executive Order No. 40-B on Feb. 16, extending the province’s Alert Level 3 status until Feb. 28.

The removal of the swab requirement for fully-vaccinated inbound tourists from beyond Western Visayas was a key provision.

Those who have not been inoculated or are not fully vaccinated must nonetheless submit a negative swab test taken 72 hours before to travel.

The swab requirement is waived for children under the age of five.

Meanwhile, Defensor believes that continuing to use face masks and following other best practices, even if the categorization is already at Alert Level 1, is fine.

This was his reaction to the possibility of the new normal making it easier to utilize the face mask.

“The face mask’s size will have to be reduced during the new normal, but no one is stopping us from wearing it to protect ourselves.” It’s important to keep the techniques we learned, but not as a must because it’s a new normal,” he said.

Defensor stated that disinfection and the practice of safe physical separation and taking care in enclosed spaces during gatherings are both acceptable.

He believes that wearing a face mask could help prevent people against not just Covid-19 but also other illnesses.

As of Feb. 16, the Iloilo Provincial Health Office reported 6, 989 active Covid-19 cases, 35, 478 recoveries, and 1,182 deaths in the province.

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