BACOLOD

Non-social period ordinance hurdles first reading

THE Bacolod City Council approved on its first reading an ordinance requiring mandatory observance of a non-social period in all public places in Bacolod City during the emergency caused by coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and providing penalties thereof.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Archie Baribar, chairperson of the City Council committee on senior citizens and veterans affairs.

Baribar said part of the preventive measures against Covid-19, is the observance of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. every day as non-social period for everyone in all public places.

On May 15, Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued an Executive Order No.21 "an order declaring general community quarantine in the city.

On March 18, the Bacolod City Council passed Resolution No. 324 which declared the City under the state of calamity due to the threat of Covid-19.

Section 3 of the proposed ordinance states that all residents of Bacolod City from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. everyday in the duration of the emergency are prohibited in all public places in Bacolod City.

Any person who's found in public places defined under the ordinance, shall be penalized with a fine of P500 or eight hours community service in the Barangay where he resides within the next 24 hours from his apprehension.

If he is not resident of Bacolod City, he shall be penalized with a fine of P1,000, it added.


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