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Bacolod now under enhanced quarantine

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Bacolod City is now placed under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 14.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced the measure through Executive Order No. (EO) 26 Friday, saying this is part of the city’s preventive measure to curb the further spread of coronavirus. As of March 29, Bacolod has five patients infected with the disease.

Under the ECQ, the city’s 61 barangays shall issue one home quarantine pass (HQP) to a member of a family of competent age and discretion for each household. (https://bit.ly/2UKuGYt)

The HQP shall serve as access to the basic needs of the household in purchasing or obtaining the provision for food, health, and other essential commodities.

Leonardia said that a daily 24-hour curfew shall be observed by the general public except for individuals with valid HQPs, which can be used only from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m.

All kinds and modes of public transportation shall be suspended except for any shuttle service that may be primarily provided for health workers and frontliners.

Each village may utilize their vehicles to service their constituents on a scheduled basis from a given point of origin to the destination. Private transportation of any kind and mode may be allowed under similar reasons, or when used in going to and coming from work at the establishments permitted to operate under the order.

Business establishments permitted to operate during the ECQ are urged to provide means of transportation to their workers convenient to the schedule and point of origin and destination while social distancing and health protocols shall be observed at all times.

Essential government services and private establishments providing essential goods shall continue to operate with a skeletal workforce and shall ensure the social distancing measures.

Work in the government office shall be limited to medical, disaster preparedness, security, social services, and financial transactions only.

EO 26 also suspends the operations of all businesses and private commercial establishments other than those providing essential goods and services for the duration unless extended or shortened upon recommendation of task force.