BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued Executive Order (EO) 30 for the extension of the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in the city from June 1 to 30.

Leonardia, who signed the EO on May 31, said that in a televised announcement, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that Bacolod City will be among the local government units (LGUs) to maintain its category of MGCQ from June 1 to 30.

"While Bacolod City has maintained its MGCQ category, its constituents must not, however, remain complacent especially that Covid-19 cases in the city have, again, spiked with about 1,328 positive cases for the past 14 days of May 2021, and a positivity rate of 11.11 percent as of May 30, 2021; thus, reminding us that even more vigilance and caution must continue to be observed and exercised in matters of public safety and health protocols," he said.

He added the City Government of Bacolod has always been in faithful compliance with the national policy in regard to the Covid-19 public health emergency, acting consistently with the instructions and manner of observing public order, especially in safeguarding the health and welfare of its constituents.

Section 3 of the EO states that any person below 15 years old; those who are over 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 are still required to remain in their residences at all times, except when necessary, such as obtaining essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.

The daily curfew hours will also continue to be observed from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The selling of liquor, wine, beer or any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage will only be allowed from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., but the selling and/or consumption of such alcoholic beverages in authorized public places shall be in accordance with Executive Order 03, Series of 2021, dated February 9, 2021, modifying Section 5 of Executive Order 02, Series of 2021, the EO further stated.

Under the MGCQ, the City Government will also impose uniform travel protocols.

Upon arrival, all passengers bound for Bacolod City must present the following documents at the Bacolod Travel Protocol Desk at the Bacolod-Silay Airport or at any of the seaports of the City for travelers coming from areas outside Western Visayas:

* A negative RT-PCR test result, which must have been obtained within 72 hours prior to and upon arrival in Bacolod City for its validity except for national government agency Apors who shall be exempted from this requirement;

* Online BaCTrac registration

* Online Health Declaration

* S-Pass

* Travel Coordination Permit

* Valid personal identification card.

Transportation from the Bacolod-Silay Airport to an unloading point in Bacolod City shall be provided by the Bacolod LGU.

For the period of this extended MGCQ, Leonardia said the proper wearing of face masks and face shields, hand sanitation practices, and social distancing in all public places and in public and private transport shall continue to be strictly observed.

He said mass gatherings such as movie screenings, concerts, and other entertainment activities, religious services, and work conferences are allowed provided that participants will be limited to 50 percent of the seating or venue capacity.

He added that despite the preceding provision, it is, nevertheless, strongly and urgently advised that in view of the rising number of daily Covid-19 cases in the City over the last two weeks, the above-mentioned events/activities that usually attract large gatherings should, instead, implement a smaller attendance at only 30 percent of the seating or venue capacity as their way of contributing to the overall pro-active effort to contain the further spread of Covid-19 at the earliest possible time.

Section 9 of the EO states that all private offices may be allowed to operate between 50 percent to 100 percent of on-site capacity while encouraging work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements, where applicable.

Similarly, offices of the Bacolod City Government shall operate at a minimum of 50 percent to 100 percent of its on-site capacity, in accordance with relevant rules and regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission.