Defensor bans gatherings, contact sports

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Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. has banned gatherings and contact sports to help reduce Covid-19 transmission in Iloilo province.

Defensor’s Executive Order No. (EO) 001-A, Series of 2022 prohibits gatherings that “involve individuals not belonging to the same household.”

These include birthday parties, fiesta banquets, family reunions, wedding receptions, baptismal celebrations, and similar activities. (

Contact sports and gambling in funeral wakes will also not be allowed, the EO said.

Meanwhile, Defensor also adjusted the seating or venue capacity in high-risk establishments and activities/gatherings.

The following establishments and gatherings are only allowed to operate at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity:

-Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions

-Permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby shower

-Indoor tourist attractions like libraries, archives, museums, galleries, cultural shows and exhibit

-Outdoor tourist attractions like parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlook

-Amusement parks or theme park

-Internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools, and similar venues; and

-Cinemas and movie houses.