Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, chairman of the Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), has urged the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to monitor restaurants and other business establishments allegedly holding live band performances.

Familiaran said yesterday, November 8, that the police should penalize these establishments if they are caught.

Bacolod City is currently under Alert Level 4 and based on the guidelines of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National IATF, venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audience are not allowed.

On Saturday, November 6, a concerned citizen sent a video to SunStar Bacolod showing several establishments at the Market Place behind the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) allegedly holding live band performances.

Familiaran said he personally visited a restaurant in the area on that day and the security guard confirmed that there was a live performance.

He said they immediately called on the attention of the restaurant owner.

“The restaurant owner should cooperate with us because we are still under Alert Level 4. Our coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases are now declining so let’s just wait to lower our alert level status,” the vice mayor said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday several minors below 12 years old were seen at various malls in Bacolod City.

Familiaran clarified that children below 18 years old are still not allowed to enter restaurants and shopping malls for leisure activities.

Under the Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, the management of the malls should only allow children aged 12 to 17 to enter the malls for vaccination against Covid-19.*