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Defensor, Treñas prohibit social gatherings over pandemic

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The province of Iloilo and Iloilo City prohibited social gatherings like fiestas, thanksgivings, birthdays, baptismal and wedding receptions because they make it difficult for people to maintain physical distancing.

In separate directives, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. and Mayor Jerry Treñas banned large gatherings, which they believed have triggered the spike in Covid-19 cases.

Defensor ordered the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) and barangay councils to disband social gatherings should there be any in their areas of operation. (https://bit.ly/3s0Y2QN)

The police and barangay officials should also ensure that people wear facemasks and face shields in public, he added.

All non-essential gatherings are also strictly prohibited in Iloilo City.

Treñas said this is in preparation for the lifting of the moratorium on flights, and to prevent a surge of infections.

Weddings and baptisms are allowed but should be limited to only 15 attendees or only immediate family members.

For wakes and funeral services, attendees must only be the deceased person’s immediate family up to third degree of consanguinity or not more than 10 persons at a time.

Religious gatherings, on one hand, are permissible subject to 30 percent capacity limitation and no activities shall be allowed outside the church or venue.