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Bacolod, Negros Occidental remain under MGCQ

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The request of the two groups of physicians for Bacolod City to revert to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) amid the spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases was deemed denied after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that the city and Negros Occidental will remain under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until August 15.

Both Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson issued their respective executive orders (EOs) for the extension of the MQCG for another 15 days

Last Friday, Leonardia issued EO 50 extending the MGCQ in Bacolod City with more stringent measures to contain the spread of the deadly Covid-19. (https://bit.ly/31fdL3l)

The continuity of the MGCQ requires that Bacolodnons adopt some necessary lifestyle changes because the deadly disease is still a scourge to Bacolod and the whole world, the city mayor said.

“Covid-19 is still rampaging,” he said in a virtual press conference yesterday.

In his latest EO, Leonardia banned the selling or buying of liquor until further notice and the drinking of such in public places and open private areas without fences and enclosures. Any violation of the liquor ban will be subject to prosecution and penalty.

Another feature of EO 50 is adjusting the existing curfew ordinance currently from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily.

Exemptions will be made for public emergencies, fire and ambulance services, those working night shifts in private establishments, media practitioners, and city government and police officials, and employees, according to him.

Leonardia said that the three public markets – Central Market, Burgos North Market, and the Libertad South Market – will also be closed on Sundays from 12:01 a.m. for cleaning and disinfection in observance of health protocols and public safety. The first closure will be on August 9 and every Sunday thereafter until further advice.

Localized lockdowns will be enforced when positive cases are detected to prevent the spread of the virus, he added.

On one hand, Lacson issued EO 20-35 extending the MGCQ over Negros Occidental until August 15. It is the fourth extension of MGCQ in the province since June 15.

As of this writing, the province has 417 confirmed COVID cases.