Ban on port entry
While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iloilo, the city government continues to implement precautionary measures . Recently, an executive order banning sea crafts and all vessels from COVID-19 affected areas including China, Hong Kong, and Macao from docking and entering any seaforts in the city was implemented. Meanwhile, those with a travel history to these areas are likewise encouraged to self-quarantine and report to their nearest health station.
More events canceled due to COVID-19
Following the declaration of the nationwide public health emergency due to COVID-19, three more major events in Iloilo are postponed . The Paraw Regatta Festival moved to April 1 to 5 is again postponed. This time, the organizers did not set a new date yet. Another postponed activity is the first-ever Iloilo Summer Arts Festival. Originally set in April and May, the event has been moved to October. Even the international event Dance Xchange 2020 of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is also moved to October. It was originally scheduled on April 29 to May 2.
The city government urges organizers and the public to avoid big events or mass gatherings. Authorities are also eyeing the cancellation of ceremonies of various elementary, secondary, and tertiary schools in the city.
Single-use plastic banned
To reduce trash, the use of single-use plastic is now being banned in the city . A recent memorandum from the city mayor orders the ban of single-use plastic in public places. Among the banned items include drinking straws, coffee stirrers, sando bags, eating utensils, and cups.
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