Only fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter the Iloilo City Hall starting today until August 7.
The city’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status is extended until August 7.
According to Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, the new rule at the city hall aims to minimize the possibility of infection amid the threat of the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant.
“Please understand that the city hall is an enclosed building. While there are windows that are opened, not all offices have windows,” said Treñas.
The mayor further explained that it has been shown that the Delta variant stays in the air for a while even if the infected individual is already not around the area.
He noted that the Delta variant of the virus is several times more infectious than the original variant or the Alpha, Beta and other variants.
He emphasized that this move is for the protection of both the workers and the visitors.
City hall employees who are not yet vaccinated or fully vaccinated will be on a work-from-home arrangement, Treñas noted.
“Actually this is to protect the unvaccinated kay wala pa sila protection sa Delta. All vaccines give protection against severe infection from the Delta variant,” said Treñas.
He is set to issue today an administrative order regarding the “no vaccination, no entry” policy at the city hall. (Glenda Tayona)/WDJ