Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued two executive orders easing Covid-19 restrictions in the city to Alert Level 2 from November 15 to 30.

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

He issued another executive order, EO 53, on Monday complying with IATF-EID directive, downgrading Bacolod from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 2,

“While we are already in Alert Level 2 and we have sustained the decrease in Covid-19 cases, it is best that we remain cautious as we relax restrictions,” Leonardia said in a statement.

He said residents here should always wear masks and avoid large gatherings and poorly ventilated areas.

“The virus is still lurking but it can be beaten if we adhere to health protocols and get vaccinated. Protect yourselves at all times,” he added.

The mayor reiterated his call on the unvaccinated to avail of the Covid-19 jabs in the nearest vaccination center.

In EO 53, curfew hours were reduced to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. from the previous 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Alcohol consumption in authorized joints is also allowed only from noontime 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 allowed a maximum of 50 percent for indoor venues for fully-vaccinated individuals only and those below 18 years old even if unvaccinated, and 70 percent for outdoor venue capacity.

Travelers going in and out of Bacolod are permitted provided that they present their duly-issued vaccination cards while unvaccinated travelers are required to present a negative RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test result obtained within 72 hours before they arrive in the city.

In EO 52 signed on Nov. 4, Leonardia also ordered the revocation of the use of non-permeable or plastic acetate barriers for all public utility vehicles, following the directive of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor.

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