BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Fully-vaccinated Negrenses may travel wherever they like in Negros Occidental, as long as they comply with mandated health protocols, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases gave local government units the discretion to require negative RT-PCR results, in addition to vaccination cards, from travelers, and the swab test could be done before travel, or upon arrival.
For interzonal travel, the IATF said LGUs may accept Covid-19 vaccination cards as an alternative to RT-PCR testing requirement.
“Considering the ongoing improvements in the system for verifying Covid-19 vaccination cards, those duly-issued by legitimate vaccination establishments/authorities shall be sufficient proof of vaccination,” the IATF said in Resolution No. 125.
The DOH earlier issued contradicting guidelines that stated that RT-PCR negative test results may still be required from fully-vaccinated tourists.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said that the Executive Order 21-34 of Lacson that adopts the guidelines and protocols of the NIATF for fully vaccinated individuals remains in effect in the province.
Tourism officer Jeck Lacson, meanwhile, said that Sipalay City will still require travelers from outside Negros Occidental to show Covid-19 negative test results, before they are allowed entry to the city.
As to the latest advisory of the NIATF allowing those five years old and above, from going out of their homes and staying in open areas, Lacson said he will discuss this with local doctors, and also if children will be allowed entry to the Capitol-managed Provincial Lagoon and Park in Bacolod City.*