BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Shorter curfew hours, smaller venue capacity for gatherings.
These were the new, stricter rules implemented by the new Executive Order of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia as CoViD cases spiked in the city.
The new E.O. is to take effect immediately.
The following are E.O. 31’s salient points:
LIMITED CAPACITY IN ESTABLISHMENTS
The following are establishments that are to operate at only 30 percent of its venue capacity:
Dine-in restaurants, fast food and food retail establishments, including those in supermarkets, grocery stores, and food preparation establishments, at a maximum of thirty percent (30%);
Barber shops, salons, and other personal car service establishments, at a maximum of thirty percent (30%);
Church/religious gatherings for holy mass/prayers/worship services/similar activities, at a maximum of thirty percent (30%);
Meetings, incentives, conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) events shall be limited to essential business gatherings .
Curfew hours are from 10:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M only. Exemptions are workers on night shifts, media practitioners, public emergencies like fire/ambulance services/other occasions caused by disaster/calamity, and those requiring medical assistance on board PUVs or private vehicles.
Selling of liquor, wine, beer or any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage in public places is allowed only from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Selling and/or consumption of such alcoholic beverages in public places is banned and prohibited.
The serving/selling of liquors/ alcoholic drinks/intoxicating beverages at beerhouses, nightclubs, karaoke bars/clubs, or any establishment whose business is to primarily serve/sell liquors or alcoholic drinks shall remain prohibited.
Vulnerable sector members are still under home quarantine, except when obtaining essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.
The following are the vulnerable sectors: Any person below eighteen (18) years old; those who are over sixty-five (65) years old; those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks regardless of age; pregnant women; and any person who resides with all the aforementioned.
SKELETON WORK FORCE
All government and private offices are strongly advised to implement a skeleton work force system and alternative work arrangements to reduce the number of employees working on-site at these offices at any one time.
IMPLEMENTING AND ENFORCING BODIES
The Punong Barangays and their respective enforcement officials/personnel with the assistance of the Local PNP are to assist the City Government in enforcing the dissemination of this Executive Order for health and safety measures and protocols in promoting the welfare of Bacolod City.