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NegOcc, Bacolod now on MGCQ

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Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia have issued their respective executive orders (EO) placing the province and the city under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting June 1.

Lacson issued EO 20-25 (An Order Implementing the Closure of Borders, Ports, and Airports of Negros Occidental) while Leonardia issued EO 38.

The orders implement the MGCQ from June 1 to15, lift home quarantines and allow more businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity. (https://bit.ly/2ZYg3Fi)

Leonardia, however, said a daily curfew will still be observed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., with exemptions for workers on night shifts, public emergencies, and those requiring medical assistance onboard public utility vehicles or private vehicles.

Under the MGCQ, all persons can go outside their residences but must comply with the strict imposition of minimum health standards and protocols, the mayor also said.

Public transportation will take on passengers based on the limited capacity prescribed by the Department of Transportation, and operated under a valid and unexpired franchise, he added.

On mass gatherings, Leonardia said movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, and non-essential work gatherings are allowed, provided participants are limited to 50 percent of the venue or seating capacity and follow strict health protocols.

Meanwhile, Lacson said the borders of Negros Occidental and Oriental will remain closed.

He cited that since “possible sources of infection for Covid-19 are people illegally crossing the borders of Negros Occidental, all local government units, the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Coast Guard are enjoined to heighten the security and patrol of the seaports and borders.”

The governor furthered that to preserve the health and safety of all Negrenses against the health crisis, social distancing, mandatory use of face masks, and intra-border checkpoints must be observed.

All checkpoints stationed along the main highways in the borders of each local government unit may be maintained for purposes of checking compliance with province-mandated Covid-19 safeguards and thermal scanning.