THE pilot run of the limited face-to-face (F2F) classes for Grade 12 students at the Alangilan National High School (ANHS) in Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City will be temporarily stopped.
This, after the highly urbanized city was elevated to Alert Level 3 in terms of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) risk transmission.
Following the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, Bacolod, along with the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz in Western Visayas, will be under Alert Level 3 starting Friday, January 14, until January 31, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced on Wednesday, January 12.
Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) Executive Director Em Ang said Thursday, January 13, that under Alert Level 3, the F2F classes for basic education is not allowed, as well as contact sports, except those under bubble-type set-up as approved by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), funfairs and kid amusement industries, karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters.
Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting, operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops and other gaming establishments, including social gatherings where individuals are not from the same household are also not allowed.
"After January 31, if the national IATF will lower our alert status, the F2F classes, among others, can then resume their operations," she added.
Ang noted that Mayor Evelio Leonardia is also set to issue an Executive Order (EO) for the implementation of the new guidelines under Alert Level 3.
Business establishments and activities will be allowed to operate at 30 percent venue capacity for fully-vaccinated individuals only and 50 percent for outdoor venues.
It will include cinemas and movie houses, meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions, social events, limited F2F classes for selected college programs and tech-vocational education, licensure examinations, dine-in services, film, music and television production, tourist attractions such as amusements, libraries, parks, amusement parks, recreational venues, in-person religious gatherings, personal care services and fitness studios, non-contact exercise and sports.
The EOC official earlier said that the elevation of the city's alert status was based on the increase of the two-week growth, capacity utilization rate of the healthcare facilities, and daily average attack rates.
She said that during the first week of January 2022, Bacolod City recorded a single-digit of Covid-19 cases which doubled in the following weeks.
As of January 13, Bacolod City recorded 57 new Covid-19 cases, data from EOC-TF showed.
Based on the report of the Department of Health-Western Visayas, the number of active cases in the city reached 445 as of January 12.
There is no local transmission yet of the Omicron variant of Sars-CoV-2 in the city.
Moreover, in spite of the escalation of the alert status of Bacolod, Ang said the city's vaccination program against Covid-19 in various malls will also continue including those in the barangays.
Vaccination in malls will also continue from Monday to Sunday, she added.