By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson over the weekend advised Negrenses to travel but still follow minimum health protocols after he issued an executive order easing travel restrictions in the province for individuals who are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF), in Resolution 124-B, eased the rules on the interzonal travel of fully vaccinated persons. It states that travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are only required now to present proof of complete vaccination instead of swab test results.
Lacson also said that borders with neighboring Negros Oriental is now open but with restrictions still in place, and travelers are still required to register via the S-PaSS system.
However, when asked if he would allow passenger travel to Negros Oriental, the governor replied, “Don’t they worry about the situation in Dumaguete?”
Negros Oriental has already been confirmed to be in the grips of the third wave of COVID-19 infections along with the rest of Central Visayas, based on an announcement by the Department of Health Region 7.
As of July 10, the Provincial Health Office reported that Negros Oriental has a total of 1,501 active infections. Most of them are in Dumaguete City, where there are 242 cases.
Meanwhile, as to the latest advisory of the NIATF allowing those aged five years old and above to go out to open areas, Lacson said that he will discuss it with local doctors.
That it includes if the age group will also be allowed to enter the capitol-managed Provincial Lagoon and Park in Bacolod City./DGB, WDJ