Bacolod, NegOcc residents urged to observe rules amid MGCQ extension

first_imgBACOLOD City – Residents of this city and province were told anew to observe minimum health standards as the two places remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “Bacolodnons still have to take necessary health precautions under the MGCQ while it aims to eventually graduate into the ‘new normal’ while allowing some normalcy back into our community life,” Leonardia said in the directive. Minimum health standards would consist of mandatory use of face mask, physical distancing, proper washing of hands, and checking of temperature. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued respective executive orders (EOs) on June 30 and July 1 to formalize the extension of the MGCQ until July 15. “Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our country, there is still a need to place the province under MGCQ,” Lacson said. In this city, Leonardia issued EO 45 on Wednesday for “the second extension of the MGCQ in the City of Bacolod from June 30 to July 15”. According to EO 45, the “continuity of the MGCQ requires that Bacolodnons shall have to adopt some necessary lifestyle changes because the said deadly disease is still a scourge to the whole world and Bacolodnons”. In EO 20-28 released on Tuesday afternoon, Lacson reiterated his previous directives, EO 20-25 and 20-26, stating that these will staay in full force and effect.center_img In Section 4, the order stated that “(a)ll persons/establishments violating the provisions of this EO, as well as the established health protocols issued by the Department of Health, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, other agencies, and the Province of Negros Occidental, shall face appropriate administrative and/or criminal charges.” Similarly, the mayor also stated the continued enforceability of the previous EO 38 and EO 43 until July 15. EO 38 is “An Order Placing the City of Bacolod under MGCQ” while EO 43 is “An Order Extending the MGCQ in the City of Bacolod”. EO 20-25 is “An Executive Order Placing the Entire Province of Negros Occidental under MGCQ” from June 1 to 15 issued on May 31 while EO 20-26 is “An Executive Order Extending the Duration of the MGCQ over the Entire Province of Negros Occidental until June 30, 2020” issued on June 15. As of Wednesday, this province has 91 COVID-19 cases. As of Tuesday, Bacolod has 51 COVID-19 cases. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img

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