Tacloban placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) again after spike of COVID-19 cases


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TACLOBAN City- With the sudden spike of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Eastern Visayas, Mayor Alfred Romualdez, through the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force, placed the city of Tacloban in General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting today, Monday, August 24, until  September 8. 


"As far as I can see, the sudden progress of the cases does not come from local stranded individuals (LSIs) but social gatherings. We need to limit social gatherings. Let's be very careful because it is not over yet. We need to fight. It is also for your own good so do not be complacent, "said the mayor.


Establishments and restaurants, which are allowed to operate with a capacity of 50 percent, are now allowed to do so at 30 percent. The categories of 4 such as clubs, bars, gyms, event facilities are completely closed.


The Business permits and Licensing Division (BPLD) has issued several orders for the temporary closure of bars and resto-bars in accordance with the executive order stating that the sale, purchase, possession, and use of alcohol within the city should be prohibited. All gatherings in establishments for the purposes of alcohol entertainment should be punished here.


Restaurants, cafes, and cafeterias, on the other hand, they are still allowed to operate, but in a limited capacity only.


All non-employees are prohibited from loitering in public places from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. However, public transportation should not be restrained by curfew ordinances.


The city government also warned that people, who will be reported by barangays for violation of safety protocols,  will have their QR codes cancelled, including those who will participate in unauthorized gatherings.


This is due to reports of mass gatherings in recent weeks, citing that this is not the second wave of cases experienced, but because the virus has already mutated causing faster transmission.


"This is something we can fix. We can do it. Let's help one another so we can fix it once and for all," he concluded.


Source: MB

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