Malacañang places Bacolod on Alert Level 4 due to spike in COVID cases

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Malacañang through presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced today, October 29, that Bacolod City will be placed under Alert Level 4 effective November 1 as the country adopts the new system for purposes of community quarantine in its fight against COVID-19.

Roque said Bacolod and Negros Oriental will remain under Alert Level 4 up to the 14th of November.

With the implementation of the new system, the Inter-Agency Task Force said that interzonal travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the LGU of destination.

It also suspends all forms of gathering, including Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) events and social events in venue establishment; indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attractions.

Also prohibited are social events such as but not limited to concerts and parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers, parades, processions, motorcades, and gatherings at residences with any person outside of one’s immediate household.

Meanwhile, religious gatherings shall be allowed up to ten percent (10%) of the venue capacity, provided that, there is no objection from the LGU where the religious gathering may take place The LGU may increase the allowable venue capacity up to thirty percent (30%), but religious denominations should strictly observe their submitted protocols and the minimum public health standards.

Outdoor or al fresco dine-in services in restaurants and eateries shall be allowed at a maximum of thirty percent (30%) venue/seating capacity regardless of vaccination status. Indoor dine-in services may be allowed at a limited ten (10%)
venue/seating capacity but will cater only to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor or al fresco capacity. Provided, that all workers/employees of these establishments have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As for personal care services, such as beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas, it may operate up to thirty percent (30%) of venue or seating capacity. But it will only accommodate services where wearing of face masks is complied at all times patrons/clients and service providers.