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Baguio City already inoculated 50% of its eligible population.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | October 02, 2021
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As of October starts, restrictive measures are in effect in both Baguio and Ilocos. In Baguio City and Ilocos Norte, the area has been under GCQ for the whole of September. The updated quarantine status is yet to be announced by their respective local government units as of writing (September 29). However, Ilocos Sur is currently under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for weeks starting last September 22 due to the rise in COVID-19 infection in the area. This strictest quarantine level also comes with rules that will affect returning residents and tourism.

Lockdown News: Ilocos Sur reverts to ECQ for two weeks

The alarming surge of COVID-19 cases in Ilocos Sur caused the local government to place two cities and 19 towns in the area under ECQ—the strictest quarantine status, for two weeks starting last September 22.

Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson signed the executive order which places Vigan and Candon under ECQ along with the following municipalities:

● Suyo
● Sto. Domingo
● Sta. Maria
● Sta. Lucia
● Sta. Cruz
● Sta. Catalina
● Sinait
● Santiago
● Santa
● San Vicente
● San juan
● San Ildefonso
● Salcedo
● Narvacan
● Magsingal
● Del Pilar
● Caoayan
● Cabugao
● Bantay

ECQ will be in effect until October 6, with curfew set from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM along with a liquor ban [1].

Travel Updates: Returning Ilocos Sur residents are temporarily barred; leisure travel is banned.

Part of the ECQ rules in Ilocos Sur is the restriction in travel and movements of residents and non-residents. Border checkpoints are stricter for both leisure tourists and returning Ilocos Sur residents. Exemptions are authorized travelers who must present negative RT-PCR test results within 72 hours before their trip [2].

Reschedule is recommended for leisure tourists who have pre-booked their trips. Meanwhile, hotels and other accommodations are only catering to authorized persons outside residence (APORs).

As for travel updates in Ilocos Norte, leisure travels are now allowed even to those coming from areas under Alert Level 4 like the National Capital Region. Requirements include negative RT-CR tests taken within 72 before their trip. They also choose to present negative rapid antigen tests instead as long as it is taken 24 hours before traveling—this is also a requirement for those from GCQ and MGCQ areas [3].

Health News: Baguio City achieves half of the jab target; no records of vaccine death.

As of September, Baguio City managed to achieve half of its goals of inoculating 90 to 95% of its target eligible population. Currently, there are already 140,550 vaccinated individuals, or 50.85%. Along with these, vaccination is also conducted via mobile vaccine team to reach persons with disabilities and elderlies in far-flung areas [4].

Magalong furthers that he hopes that the LGU already reached its target of vaccinating 266,900 persons by December.

Another good news is that as of September 19, no COVID-19 vaccine deaths have been recorded via the City Health Service Office among its vaccine recipients [5].

Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Baguio and Ilocos!

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making 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. Hence, 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 Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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