As COVID-19 cases surge in Bacolod City, lives take top priority over jobs. Initiatives such as lengthening curfew hours and suspending the arrival of returning residents were implemented to curb the spread of the virus. In response to the imposed curfew, business sectors agreed to shorten business hours. Meanwhile, a hospital has reached full capacity of its COVID-19 ward due to local transmission among its health workers. Lastly, a town in Negros Occidental closed its borders to non-essential travelers from high-risk areas to avoid the spread of the disease.
Quarantine Updates: Bacolod implements new curfew hours
The new curfew in Bacolod City will start at 8:00 PM and will end at 4:00 AM the following day. This was set in hopes of decreasing the number of coronavirus cases in the city. The imposed curfew hours started last August 9 and will last until August 22. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia made the decision to change the curfew hours based on the recommendation of the City Health Officer and other city officials. Under the approved City Ordinance No. 934, violators will pay a fine of PhP500 or finish eight hours of community service .
Negros Occidental and Bacolod suspends Hatid Tulong Program
Memorandum Circular No. 3 series of 2020 orders the temporary suspension of the entry of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) from Metro Manila to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. The suspension was made to grant health workers and other frontliners rest after working non-stop for months and to slow down the spread of the virus in the city, according to Mayor Leonardia. The memorandum will be effective until August 21, 2020 . Recently, the city has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the local government units (LGUs) and shortage of resources to quarantine LSIs and ROFs.
Sipalay bans tourism-related and non-essential travel
Executive Order (EO) No. 2020-033 was signed by Sipalay City Mayor Maria Gina Lizares imposing a ban on non-essential and tourism-related travel in the city. The order was created in response to the increasing number of local transmissions in the province. Under the moratorium, only the following conditions of travel are allowed in Sipalay City:
• Medical-related and business transactions
• Government-related transactions
• Shipment of goods and items
• Non-residents from low-risk areas who are employed in Sipalay
• Residents who are employed in low-risk areas
The order will be in effect until 11:59 PM on August 31, 2020 .
Shopping Updates: Bacolod business sector submits to curfew hours
Following the implemented curfew hours in Bacolod City, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon says that they will submit to the city official’s decision and will reduce business hours. Carbon added that he hopes the city could extend financial support to the most vulnerable sector to maintain peace and order. The business group also requested authorities to regularly monitor public markets especially talipapas (small wet markets) . The EO on curfew hours exempts only public emergencies, medical needs, night shift employees, and other essential officials from the amended hours.
The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City has temporarily suspended taking in probable COVID-19 patients for it has reached its full capacity. According to CLMMRH Chief Dr. Julius Drilon, eight doctors, four nurses, and seventeen non-medical support staff of the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. Furthermore, 113 personnel of the regional hospital are now in isolation. The management also informed the public that they will resume admissions when beds become available .
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