By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has reminded everyone that enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols will remain to be in effect in the city even after ECQ, itself, is lifted on May 15.
Magalong said this was part of the draft transition plan of the city after the ECQ, which was extended from April 30 to May 15, is finally lifted.
Magalong issued Executive Order No. 85, extending ECQ in this city until May 15.
Under EO 85, Magalong said all ECQ rules will be maintained, and that entry to Baguio shall be limited to persons as authorized by the Interagency Task Force for Emerging Diseases and the local COVID-19 IATF, those with essential travel purposes (food and medical supply movement, health workers and medical emergencies), and returning OFWs in coordination with OWWA.
These rules include the general curfew of 24 hours; mandatory use of face masks; suspension of major public gatherings, including religious services; work-from-home arrangement in the Executive Branch, continued implementation of the home quarantine pass (for barangay residents), City Mayor’s Office travel permit (for errand services and relief efforts), Baguio City Police Office special permit, and government issued food pass and rapid pass schemes when going out.
Also to be observed are modified operating hours for essential business and services; stay-at-home rule for individuals 0-20 years old and 60 years old and above, and people with high risk health issues; Sunday lockdown except for authorized personnel and vital establishments, and liquor ban.
In a meeting with department heads midweek, Magalong emphasized that part of the ECQ protocols was the prohibition of the spitting of momma in public places. “The non-abated spitting of momma in public places is a hygiene issue,” he said.
In the event that the city transitions from ECQ to GCQ or localized community quarantine (LCQ) after May 15, Magalong said these protocols shall continue to be strictly implemented while gradually resuming business and economic activities in the Summer Capital.