For the first week of 2022, most areas under South Luzon will be under Alert Level 3—which means strict health protocols as preventive measures against further spread of COVID-19. These health and safety protocols include a liquor ban and reinstating new curfew hours. In addition, hospitals in Luzon are also recording more cases of COVID-19 after the holidays.
Lockdown News: Tagaytay City imposes strict protocols for Alert Level 3 status.
Tagaytay City Mayor Agnes Tolentino issued Executive Order No.44 series 2022 last January 5, covering stricter health protocols in the city as Cavite reverts to Alert Level 3. Under the new safety and health protocols, the new curfew hours will be from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM. Aside from the new curfew hours, venue capacities for social events were also adjusted: a maximum of 30% for indoor capacity and 50% for outdoor venues for safety protocols.
The venues must also accommodate only fully vaccinated individuals and employees . Part of the safety protocols also includes adjusting the duration of the fireworks for events to only 15 minutes only. Due to the curfew hours, fireworks shows can only be as late as 7:00 PM. LGUs might also impose a liquor ban.
The Malacañang announced the shift of alert levels in several areas in the country last January 4. From January 5 to 15, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal will revert to Alert Level 3 due to the surge in cases possibly caused by the Omicron variant . While Laguna will revert to Alert Level 3 on January 7 to 15.
Under Alert Level 3 guidelines, only limited establishments can operate as per minimum health protocols. Those prohibited include cockpits, lotteries, casinos, live music venues, betting shops, carnivals, amusement parks, and funfairs that are not allowed to operate. Gatherings of individuals not belonging to the same household will be prohibited as part of the Alert Level 3 safety protocols. A liquor ban is also applicable.
Only Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are under Alert Level 3 until January 15–contrary to the fake infographics circulating social media that claim 30 areas across the Philippines are also under Alert Level 3 . The Department of Health (DOH) debunked the circulating fake news on their official Facebook page.
Health News: COVID-19 cases are seen rising in Cavite and other Luzon areas.
An alarming rise in COVID-19 cases was seen across different Luzon hospitals over the first few days of January. Regional health offices across Central Luzon, South Luzon, and the Bicol region noted a recent rise of infections . In Cavite, Governor Jonvic Remulla noted in his Twitter account that cases soar to 1,156 as of January 5 compared to 327 last December 31, 2021 . He then reminds the public to follow preventive measures and safety protocols like avoiding unnecessary socializing.
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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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