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Bing: Minors, elderly should stay at home

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III

Minors 15 years old and below, and seniors citizens aged 66 years old and above, should still be required to remain at home despite the Modified General Community Quarantine status of Bacolod City until the end of this month.

This was emphasized by Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia in his Executive Order 84 as he clarified that the only exception is when they will obtain essential goods and services or for work in industries permitted under MGCQ.

Aside from minors and senior citizens, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, health-risks and pregnant women are also not allowed to go out of their houses unless necessary.

Leonardia said curfew hours in Bacolod are back from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. until January 31 although it may be adjusted.

He said those who work on night shifts, those who are involved in public emergencies and those who require medical assistance are exempted from the curfew.

Leonardia added that selling of liquor is still from noontime until 6 p.m. and that consumption of alcoholic drinks should be done in private residences.

Large gatherings, such as during movie screenings, concerts, religious activities, and work seminars, should be limited to the 50-percent seating capacity of the venue, the mayor said.

The Bacolod City government may forge inter-local government unit agreements to mutually institute integrated policies and common health protocols, standards, and safety mechanisms for the protection and welfare of their respective population. Leonardia urged the public to obey the policies set especially the basic health protocols or they may face sanctions under the applicable civil service and special laws and the Revised Penal Code.*

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