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Bacolod limits mass gatherings and other events.

By: Shanice Reyes | April 11, 2021
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Bacolod City and Negros Occidental continue to strengthen their community quarantine and travel protocols amid the surge of COVID-19 cases on the island. In the City of Smiles, the mayor ordered the public to limit events that could lead to the spread of the virus such as non-essential activities and gatherings. Meanwhile, the governor of Negros Occidental proposed to the national government to have its own travel and quarantine protocol for inbound travelers. Lastly, San Carlos City prohibited leisure activities in public resorts and parks. Read on for the complete quarantine news.

Quarantine Updates: Mass gatherings to be limited in Bacolod

In light of the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Bacolod City, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued an executive order (EO) that limits mass gatherings and other events. As stated under section 2 of EO No. 14, restaurants, supermarkets, and food preparation establishments should observe the 30 percent capacity. Meanwhile, personal care service establishments, churches, and event venues must also observe the maximum capacity of 30 percent. Furthermore, the mayor ordered all government and private offices to follow the skeletal workforce system to reduce the spread of the virus in workplaces [1].

Travel Updates

Negros Occidental requests for own travel protocols

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson wrote a letter to the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) requesting its own travel protocols in the province. The governor made the request to prevent the further spread of the virus since the province saw a rapid surge in cases when the uniform travel protocols were implemented. The governor also specified that the province needs travel measures to control and monitor all inbound travelers, specifically locally stranded individuals, authorized persons outside of residence, and returning overseas Filipinos [2].

Governor temporarily reinstates old travel protocols

Pending approval from the NIATF to establish specific travel protocols in the province, the governor reimposed old travel protocols, specifically the swab testing of inbound travelers before their entry into the province, effective April 1. The S-Pass and StaySafe systems will still be in place for all inbound travelers. Moreover, the governor wants all incoming travelers to be tested in airports and seaports since there have been cases of fake reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests being presented. [3]

San Carlos temporarily halts leisure activities

Due to the unexpected rise of COVID-19 cases, the Mayor of San Carlos City has temporarily suspended leisure activities in resorts and recreational parks in the city. Mayor Renato Gustilo issued Executive Order (EO) 22 Series of 2021 which states that all activities and operations of public resorts and leisure parks are temporarily prohibited. Also, the mayor discouraged the public from holding any unnecessary events to avoid further local transmission in the city [4].

Go to Yoorekka for more travels news and information on the types of quarantine in the country.

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

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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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