Bacolod still on GCQ up until July 22, but…


Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— The National Inter-Agency Task Force has retained Bacolod’s quarantine classification under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the next one week, but the IATF said the city will be on heightened restrictions.

The latest quarantine classification was announced yesterday afternoon, July 15, by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Meanwhile, the province of Negros Occidental will remain under GCQ until end of this month.

In his latest executive order in relation to the updated quarantine classification, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that under the current circumstance, food establishments providing dine-in services are advised to reduce its capacity to 20%. Al fresco/outdoor dine-in services meanwhile can operate at 30% of venue capacity. Same applies to outdoor tourist attractions.

But indoor tourist attractions and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) will not be allowed.

Also not allowed to operate under GCQ-HR are entertainment venues with live performers such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters, and cinemas; recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues; amusement parks or theme parks, fairs/peryas, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides; casinos, horse racing, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments, except for those authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President for the purpose of raising revenue for the government.

Traditional cockfighting and operation of cockpits; and outdoor/indoor sports courts or venues for contact sports, scrimmages, games, or activities are also prohibited.

Gatherings outside of residences will be prohibited except for those essential for the provision of health services, government services, or humanitarian activities authorized by the appropriate government agency or instrumentality.

The mayor said that services related to personal care such as barber shops, salons, and other personal care service establishments that do not require removal of face masks will be allowed to operate at 30% capacity.

Meanwhile, the city reiterates that persons below 18 years old, over 65 years old, with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women will be required to remain in their residences at all times, except for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work in industries and offices or such other activities permitted by the national and local governments.

Daily curfew hours meanwhile will continue to be observed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., and the sale of liquor will be allowed only from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.