BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo recently issued several guidelines for the holiday season, that includes the banning of minors and senior citizens from various establishments and crowded areas.
In Executive Order No. 46, Degamo emphasized that minors aged 14 years old and below and senior citizens are strongly mandated to stay at home.
He also ordered the prohibition of street caroling or singing of Christmas carols to solicit money, whether done individually or by group.
Degamo also disallowed the holding of parties by organizations, offices, establishments or any other institutions while gatherings are limited only to family members and people living in one household.
Aside from holiday-related activities, the Negros Oriental provincial government also prohibits other mass gathering events like movie screenings, concerts, and sports activities, among others.
Persons exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, those who have been swabbed and awaiting results, those with travel history for the past five days and those who have been in close contact with a patient suffering from the disease even if asymptomatic, are advised to refrain from attending gatherings.
Degamo reiterated the need to remain vigilant and observe minimum health protocols.
As of Saturday, Negros Oriental had eight new Covid cases, Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force ground commander, Dr. Liland Estacion, said. The new cases are from Dumaguete City with 5, and one each in Valencia town, Tanjay City, and from Bacolod, who was swabbed in Guihulngan City.*