BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson issued an executive order yesterday extending anew the modified general community quarantine status in Negros Occidental until June 30, and shortening the curfew by one hour.
This developed as the Covid-19 classification of Negros Occidental remained at “low-risk”, as reported yesterday by the Department of Health Western Visayas.
Lacson, in Executive Order 21-27, series of 2021, shortened the curfew hours, starting 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Exempted are persons in need of emergency services, personnel in cargo vehicles, and Authorized Persons Outside their Residence with valid work schedules.
Inbound travelers to Negros Occidental are also required to register in the S-Pass travel management system and StaySafe application.
Stringent measures on mass gatherings shall remain in full force and effect, the EO added.
Lacson also said that the four-day work week and one day work at home for Capitol employees will remain in effect, on advice of provincial government doctors. As of May 30, Negros Occidental logged 1,426 active infections out of the 15,018 confirmed cases since last year, with 13,255 recoveries and 337 deaths.
The local government units of Negros Occidental with Covid cases in triple digits include Himamaylan City – 134, Sagay City – 128, Silay City – 126, Talisay City – 113, and Kabankalan City – 109.
Salvador Benedicto had the least number of active cases with two, the Provincial Incident Management Team reported.*