No border checkpoints at Bacolod-Negros Occ borders

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The provincial government will not set up any border checkpoints at the boundaries of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City despite the National Inter-Agency Task Force placed the capital city under Alert Level 3, today, January 14.

Capitol said it will not impose stricter border control for residents of the province traveling to Bacolod City but underscored that those coming from other areas that are under alert level 3 are obliged to present a negative swab result upon their entry in the province.

As of posting time, Mayor Evelio Leonardia has not issued an executive order on additional local guidelines and restrictions that he plan to impose.

The city information office instead reminded the general public to observe the guidelines issued by the national IATF where intrazonal and interzonal movement shall be allowed under Alert Level 3 but will be subjected to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities as determined by the LGU.

Individuals below eighteen years old and those belonging to the vulnerable population shall also be allowed access to obtain essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.

Activities such as face-to-face classes for basic education and contact sports are prohibited to be undertaken under Alert Level 3.

Funfairs, venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls and theaters shall not be allowed to operate alongside casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops and gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.

Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions engagements, wedding anniversaries, debuts and birthdays, family reunions and bridal or baby showers are allowed at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity.

Also allowed to operate at the same capacity and provided that all workers/employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are visitor or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks and the like as well as amusement parks or theme parks and recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools and similar venues

Cinemas and movie houses, necrological services, religious gatherings, licensure or entrance exams, dine-in services, personal care establishments, fitness studios, gyms and venues for non-contact exercise and sports and film, music and television production are likewise allowed at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity provided that employees are fully vaccinated and should observe minimum public health standards.

Meanwhile, Capitol said travelers from Negros Oriental, which is under alert level 2, will only be required for an approved S-PaSS and a copy of their vaccination card.

Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz said the governor is set to issue a new executive order to cover the quarantine status of the province until January 31.