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This Week in Bacolod (December 20 to 26, 2020)

In Bacolod, only people in the same household can conduct Christmas celebrations.

By: Shanice Reyes | December 20, 2020
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For this year’s Christmas celebrations, families living under one roof are the only ones allowed to hold holiday parties. Meanwhile, mass gatherings, parties, and traditional caroling are banned in Negros Occidental. On the other hand, holiday flights are prohibited in the province to give frontliners rest and quarantine facilities a break. Read on for more news in Bacolod City.

Quarantine Updates

In-person Christmas parties in Bacolod City prohibited

An executive order prohibiting in-person Christmas festivities in the city is being pushed by the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) to contain the spread of COVID-19. Two business sectors in the city—business process outsourcing companies and shopping malls—have already agreed not to hold any physical holiday parties this year. Also, the EOC will order monitoring teams in different villages in the city to penalize and arrest violators [1].

Two Negros Occidental towns ban Christmas parties and caroling

Cadiz City and San Carlos City, two towns in Northern Negros Occidental, have imposed a ban on Christmas celebrations and caroling this month as a component of the health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Cadiz City, Mayor Salvador Escalante issued Executive Order (EO) 046-2020 restricting mass gatherings such as Christmas parties, celebrations, and traditional caroling. Meanwhile, in San Carlos City, Mayor Renato Gustilo released EO 269 which prohibits parties, reunions, social gatherings, caroling, and sporting events [2].

Travel News: No holiday flights for 17 cities in Negros Occidental

To give medical frontliners a break during the holidays, additional flights to the province will not be allowed this month. Below are 17 local government units that had the approval of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) for the moratoriums on locally stranded individual’s arrivals:

• Ilog and Cauayan: December 20 to January 3
• La Carlota City: December 22 to January 2
• Pontevedra: December 22 to January 5
• Himamaylan, Victorias, and Calatrava: December 21 to January 3
• Bago City: November to December 5
• Sagay City: November 26 to December 10
• Hinobaan: December 15 to 22
• La Castellana: December 22 to January 5

As of writing, the towns of Manapla, Candoni, Moises Padilla, and Valladolid are still waiting for the RIATF’s decision on their request to suspend the arrival of LSIs. Meanwhile, in Bacolod City, the moratorium for the suspension from December 21 to January 3 was also approved by the RIATF [3]. Furthermore, flights to Negros Occidental are suspended on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Bacolod.

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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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