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Bacolod mayor orders stricter quarantine due to Covid spike

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Mayor Evelio Leonardia imposed stricter quarantine measures to contain the continuing rise of Covid-19 cases.

The new protocols are contained in Executive Order No. (EO) 31 Leonardia issued last Sunday.

Under Section 3 of EO 31, curfew hours will now be observed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., from the previous 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. (https://bit.ly/3pxbdJR)

“Exemptions shall be made for workers on night shifts, media practitioners, public emergencies like fire/ambulance services/other occasions caused by disaster/calamity, and those requiring medical assistance on board public utility vehicles or private vehicles,” the EO stated.

Leonardia also suspended EO 03 that allows the gradual permission in the sale, serving and consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages in allowed establishments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The selling of liquor, wine, beer or any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage shall only be allowed from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and for consumption in private residences or places.

In Section 2, any form of mass gathering or business activity is strongly advised under 30 percent seating capacity for dine-in restaurants, fast food, and food retail establishments; barber shops, salons, and other personal care service establishments; church and religious gatherings; and meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions events.

“In our intention to arrest the rising number of Covid-19 cases, we strongly appeal to the citizenry to observe all basic health protocols such as correct wearing of face masks/face shields and physical distancing while in public places, and frequent hand-washing, and to voluntarily home quarantine themselves as much as possible,” the city mayor said.

Bacolod City has a total of 10,298 confirmed Covid-19 cases, of which 1,473 are active cases, 8,560 have recovered; and 265 have died.