THE CITY mayor of Calbayog revised an earlier order he issued in June 17 concerning on the mobility, business operation, and other activities to prevent the spread of corona virus disease particularly in the emergence of Delta variant in the country.

In the new order signed on July 22, Mayor Diego Rivera repealed the travel restrictions of Calbayog residents and allow the entry on non-Calbayog residents from Monday to Friday provided that they present a Calbayog QR code at the border checkpoint.

“The city government recognizes the need to re-open the economy in order to help alleviate the financial difficulties faced by the residents of Calbayog City, without however compromising the established health standard,” Mayor Rivera said.

Calbayog currently has a total of 1,678 total COVID-19 cases of which 83 are active and 35 recorded deaths.

Business establishments in the city are also now allowed to resume their operations in a longer working hours, from 4:00 a.m., to 10:00 p.m., however, recreation centers like billiard halls, cockpits, videoke bars and live bands are still prohibited from operation.

Beaches, swimming pools, resorts, and tourist sites are also permitted to operate provided that they will only accommodate 50 percent of their carrying capacity.

Restaurants and other food service providers are also allowed to operate under 50 percent seating capacity.

Business establishment’s operators and costumers are also urge to strictly comply with the minimum health standard, and must limit the number of costumers entering their premises.

The EO also lifts the 24-liqour ban, but residents are cautioned and reminded to only consume moderate amount of alcoholic drinks, and drinking within public roads, and areas is prohibited.

Public gathering in the city is also allowed provided that it is held in an open space, observing the 50 percent venue capacity, and must secure approval from the inter-agency task force.

Religious services are still limited to 50 percent seating capacity of the venue, while necrological services or internments, or wakes of non-COVID-19 related death shall be done within 48-hours but those who died in COVID-19 should be done within 12-hours.

The city also imposes 24-hours curfew for children 15-years old and below and 6-hour curfew from 10:00 p.m., to 4:00 a.m. for 16-years old and above. Athletic tournaments, including leisure activities related to sports is also prohibited. Those who will violate the provision of the EO will be pinned with penalty of not less than P20, 000 but not more than P50, 000 or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months. (Roel T. Amazona)