Bacolod shortens curfew hours


Curfew hours in Bacolod City will now be from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. after the city has been placed on Alert Level 2 by the national Inter-Agency Task Force until Nov. 30, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in Executive Order No. 53 released this morning, Nov. 15.

Exemptions shall be made for workers on night shifts, media practitioners, public emergencies like fire/ambulance services/other occasions caused by disaster/calamity, and those requiring medical assistance on board PUVs or private vehicles.

Leonardia said intrazonal and interzonal travel in and out of Bacolod shall be allowed subject to the presentation of the vaccination card of the traveller.

“Travelers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 shall be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival in Bacolod City,” the EO said.

The Bacolod City Government Center.

Selling of liquor, wine, beer or any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage in public places, and the selling and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in authorized public places shall be allowed only from 12 noon to 10 p.m., Leonardia said.

Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting, or the operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments shall not be allowed to operate, or be undertaken in Bacolod City except as may be authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President, the EO said.

Limited in-person classes for basic education will be subject to prior approval from the Office of the President, Leonardia said.

Contact sports may also be approved by the Bacolod City Emergency Operation Center Task Force subject to its regulatory guidelines; while venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences, such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters shall be subject to the regulatory guidelines of the Bacolod EOC.

Leonardia said business establishments or activities allowed by the NIATF under Alert Level 2 include venues for social events like parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers; meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE); libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks, amusement parks or theme parks;

In-person religious gatherings, necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19; internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools, cinemas and movie houses; licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations;

Dine-in services in kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols; personal care establishments such as barbershops, hair spas, hair salons, etc; film, music, and television production; and limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training.

These establishments, or activities, shall be allowed to operate, or be undertaken in Bacolod at a maximum of 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only and those below 18 years of age, even if unvaccinated; and 70 percent outdoor venue capacity, Leonardia said.

He added that all workers or employees of these establishments should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and minimum public health standards (MPHS) shall be strictly maintained. — CGC