The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) placed Bacolod City and 27 other provinces and cities under Alert Level 3 effective today until January 31, 2022.
Acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles disclosed on Wednesday night, January 12, that Bacolod’s status was elevated to Alert Level 3 two months after the IATF placed Region 6 under Alert Level 2.
The task force previously downgraded Bacolod to Alert Level 2 from November 15 until November 30, 2021, followed by an extension starting December 16 until December 31, 2021 under Executive Order No. 60, Series of 2021.
Also placed under Alert Level 3 in the Visayas are the provinces of Aklan, Capiz and Antique in Region 6; Cebu City and Mandaue City in Region 7; and Tacloban in Region 8.
Under Alert Level 3, intrazonal and interzonal movements shall be allowed but will be subjected to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities as determined by the local government unit.
Individuals below 18 years old and those belonging to the vulnerable population shall also be allowed access to obtain essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.
Activities such as face-to-face classes for basic education and contact sports are prohibited to be undertaken under Alert Level 3.
Funfairs, venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters shall not be allowed to operate alongside casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.
Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions engagements, wedding anniversaries, debuts and birthdays, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers are allowed at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity.
Also allowed to operate at the same capacity and provided that all workers/employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are visitor or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks, and the like as well as amusement parks or theme parks and recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools, and similar venues.
Cinemas and movie houses, necrological services, religious gatherings, licensure or entrance exams, dine-in services, personal care establishments, fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports and film, music and television production are likewise allowed at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity provided that employees are fully vaccinated and should observe minimum public health standards./WDJ