Face-to-face classes and operation of amusement parks are expected to officially resume tomorrow, February 16, following the de-escalation of the COVID-19 alert status of Bacolod City and the entire province of Negros Occidental.
Former City Administrator and Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang said the downgrading of Bacolod to Alert Level 2 by the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is a recognition of the city government’s effective management of COVID-19 cases.
“The lowering of restrictions will allow the reopening of more businesses in the city. This will also increase our people’s mobility and enable them to engage in earning activities, as well as allow the gradual resumption of activities such as limited face-to-face classes, social and cultural events, sports, shopping, dining out and hassle-free travel,” Ang, who is also a registered nurse, pointed out.
At least 60 schools around the province are expected to start limited face-to-face or in-person classes for basic education once their respective local government units approved the request.
In an announcement made yesterday, Cabinet Secretary and acting spokesperson Karlo Nograles said both Bacolod and the province will be under Alert Level 2 until the end of month.
According to the Department of Health in Region 6 cases around the province have continued to drop which served as their basis for lowering the alert level status. As of yesterday, combined active cases in Bacolod and the whole of Negros Occidental was a little less than 2,000 with only 19 and 15 fresh cases, respectively.
With the lowering of the alert level, licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations and specialty examinations authorized by the IATF are also expected to resume.
Other activities permitted under Alert Level 2 are:
- Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE);
- Dine-in services of food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols;
- Personal care establishments such as barbershops, hair spas, hair salons, and nail spas, and those offering aesthetic/cosmetic services or procedures, make-up services, salons, spas, reflexology, and other similar procedures including home service options, subject to the sector-specific protocols of the DTI;
- Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for individual non-contact exercise and sports; Provided that patrons/clients and workers/employees wear face masks at all times and subject to DTI sector-specific protocols;
- Film, music, and television production subject to the joint guidelines as may be issued by the DTI, DOLE, and the DOH;
- Contact sports approved by the LGU.