Thursday, September 16, 2021

Baguio issues stricter rules amid Delta variant threat

(From: Public Information Office - City of Baguio's Facebook)

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has issued stricter rules to prevent the possible entry of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Delta variant.

Lawyer Althea Rosanna Alberto, Executive Officer IV at the Mayor’s office, in a press briefing Wednesday afternoon said Executive Order (EO) 89 is a "preparation" against the spread of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant.

Among the salient provisions of the EO, which will take effect on Friday, includes the non-entry in the city of leisure travelers from areas declared under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), modified GCQ, and GCQ with heightened restrictions.

“Only authorized persons outside residence (APORs) are allowed to travel into the city with the proof of official business in Baguio,” she said.

Alberto added the EO requires all private and government workplaces to observe a limit of 50 to 75 percent workforce in the office, to avoid crowding and converging.

She said people who are below 18 years old and unvaccinated senior citizens who are going to the city for indispensable travels are required to present a negative result of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result.

Aside from the ban on the operation of bars, the city will strictly implement the modified liquor ban where sale and consumption are prohibited from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. of the following day and only incidental to dining and limited in quantity.

Alberto also said the order specifically disallows alcoholic beverages inside constructions sites, barracks, and stay-in training centers.

The city's tightened restrictions on liquor sale and consumption was brought about by clustering of Covid-19 cases since 2020 that were mostly blamed on patients who came from drinking sprees.

She said barangays are directed to help implement the order in their respective jurisdictions.

The order also limits the movement of children aged 5 to 17 and senior citizens 65 years old and above.

"They are still allowed to go out for recreation or leisure but only in outdoor areas and dining is only allowed in alfresco seating and dining establishments," she said.

However, they are encouraged to stay home for the time being to avoid being infected with Covid-19.

Food establishments on 24/7 operations may continue to operate but must only offer "take-out" services during curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

She also said wearing of face mask and face shield at all times and observance of the other minimum health standards is a must.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong in media interviews on Tuesday said the city government continued to pursue expansion activities in terms of isolation capacity, personnel augmentation, and supplies as part of the LGU's Covid-19 response.

As preparation for the Delta variant, the city has set aside PHP30 million to fund the purchase of supplies and to stock up supplies like oxygen and oxygen generators.

He added that they are fast-tracking the increase in beds of the temporary treatment facilities (TTMF) to 1,020 from the current 789.

"We need to be ready, anytime papalo ang cases (the cases might shoot up)," he said. (PNA)


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