BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Curfew hours in Bacolod City will revert to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting Jan. 1 following the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte Monday to retain the city’s status under Modified General Community Quarantine.
This was announced by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday, who also said that the current curfew hours, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., will only be effective until today.
Tomorrow, the eve of 2021, curfew is suspended for the celebration to welcome the New Year.
Leonardia reminded Bacolodnons that the partial liquor ban still continues and that alcoholic beverages should be sold from noon to 6 p.m. only.
In a public address Monday night, Duterte said the provinces of Batangas, Isabela, Lanao del Sur, and Davao del Norte, and the cities of Santiago, Iloilo, Tacloban, Iligan, Davao, and Metro Manila will remain under General Community Quarantine until the end of January.
Bacolod, Negros Island and the rest of the country will remain under the least restrictive MGCQ.
However, these community quarantine classifications are still subject to appeals from their respective local government units.
“I don’t think we’re gonna get out” of the MGCQ status, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.
That is why it is very important for every Negrense to follow the minimum health standards, especially now that there is this threat of a new strain, although not deadlier, but 70 percent more contagious, he added.
Leonardia said that despite the decreasing number of Covid cases in Bacolod City, people should remain vigilant.
He urged the public to continue following the minimum health protocols, especially since a variant of the virus initially detected in the United Kingdom has been spreading to different countries.
Aside from the UK, the national government also yesterday ordered a ban on the entry of travelers from Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, and Spain.
Leonardia said this is no time to be complacent as the second wave of Covid-19 is inevitable.
The Bacolod Emergency Operations Center has also beefed-up efforts to prevent the possible entry of the mutated version of the disease. Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy for medical, said their monitoring, especially in seaports and at the airport, has been intensified.*