BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
“I will have it checked,” Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday, following reports that a local resort held a foam party last week.
Familiaran, who is the chairman of the Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force against Covid, said they will look into a possible breach in health protocols committed by the resort.
He said that even if the event was a private one, at least, minimum health protocols should have been followed.
The name of the resort is being withheld pending an investigation.
Several videos of the event were posted on social media showing the party with a live band and the attendees dancing close to each other while being sprinkled with foam.
The videos also showed some guests without face masks.
Familiaran said that these events are not prohibited as long as minimum health protocols are observed.
He added that under the existing health guidelines of Bacolod, entertainment gatherings are allowed but attendees should be limited to the 50-percent capacity of the venue.
He added that drinking of liquors in these gatherings are not permitted because serving of alcoholic beverages is allowed only between noon to 6 p.m., based on an executive order of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
In November last year, the IATF also investigated an art event in Brgy. Mandalagan after attendees were seen violating health protocols, such as social distancing, and the liquor ban. The organizers had apologized.
The investigation was also triggered by a video of the event that had gone viral on social media. Familiaran warned that sanctions await violators of health protocols against Covid.*