NegOcc requires swab test for travelers from Alert Level 3 areas

Posted by watchmen
January 7, 2022
Posted in HEADLINE

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday issued an executive order (EO) requiring travelers coming from areas under Alert Level 3 including those who are already fully vaccinated to present a negative RT-PCR test result.

Lacson said the EO No. 21-61-A states that the negative swab test result should not be later than 72 hours prior to the issuance of their S-PaSS permit, and must be conducted and issued by a Department of Health-accredited molecular laboratory.

He pointed out that the fully vaccinated could still get infected with COVID-19 especially with the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

The EO also stated that air travel between Negros Occidental and areas classified under Alert Level 3 is restricted and shall be subjected to the following guidelines: one flight per airline company per day for Manila-Bacolod-Manila flights, but airline companies may avail of one additional inbound Manila-Bacolod cargo-only flight and one additional outbound Bacolod-Manila passenger flight per day; and one flight per airline company per day for Cebu-Bacolod-Cebu flights.

For sea travel between the province and areas under Alert Level 3, sea vessels shall be allowed to admit passengers up to 50% of its passenger capacity limit.

Earlier this week, Lacson warned that he will reimpose travel restrictions if the number of new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila will not be contained.

Among the areas that are currently under Alert Level 3 are the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna.

Negros Occidental, meanwhile, is still under Alert Level 2./DGB, WDJ

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