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This Week in Bacolod (November 22 to 28, 2020)

Bacolod requires businesses to use its new contact tracing system.

By: Shanice Reyes | November 22, 2020
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In Bacolod, numerous establishments were caught violating minimum health standards under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and were forced to close. Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Government requires all business establishments and government offices to use the BaCTrac application to strengthen contact tracing efforts. In terms of travel, inbound travel of returning locals to Cadiz City was suspended until the end of the month.

Quarantine Updates: Contact Tracing System “BaCTrac” mandatory for all establishments

The Bacolod City Government implemented City Ordinance (CO) 941 that mandates all business establishments and government offices to use the COVID-19 Contact Tracing System “BaCTrac.” Meanwhile, individuals who haven’t registered to the system yet will be asked to write on the logbook provided by the establishment. Business establishments that fail to follow the government’s protocol will be fined PhP1,000 up to PhP5,000 [1].

Travel News: RIATF postpones LSI travel to Cadiz

As a way to decontaminate quarantine facilities, the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) postponed the inbound travel of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to Cadiz City until November 30, 2020. The order came after the government of Cadiz appealed to the RIATF to give them enough time to prepare their quarantine facilities before the arrival of the new batch of LSIs [2].

Erring water parks and resorts in Bacolod closed

After violating safety protocols, some water parks and beach resorts in the city were forced to shut down. One of the latest to be closed was Caribbean Water Park and Resortel which received reports of multiple violations and lacking a business permit to operate under GCQ. The Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) conducted an ocular inspection and found out children below 15 years old were in the resort and adults were also consuming alcoholic drinks. Beach resorts in Barangay Punta Taytay were also shut down due to violations of health standards and quarantine protocols [3].

Shopping News: Restaurants and stores were shut down in Bacolod

The Bacolod Emergency Operations Center (EOC) temporarily closed about 15 restaurants and stores in the city after they allegedly violated safety protocols under GCQ. These establishments were located along B.S Aquino Drive, Lacson Street, Lizares Street, and fronting Bacolod Government Center.

The EOC caught them serving and selling alcoholic beverages beyond the allowed hours of 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. According to Police Major Sherlock Gabana, cluster head of EOC contact tracing, the establishments can resume operations after 24 hours but are prohibited from selling and serving alcoholic beverages to their customers [4]. Once caught violating the health standards again, these establishments will face permanent closure, Gabana added.

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Bacolod and the entire Negros island.

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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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