Liquor ban extended in Baguio due to COVID surge

Published April 5, 2021, 3:33 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong here has issued Executive Order (EO) No. 47-2001 extending the temporary liquor ban and imposing stricter policies on additional temporary restrictions on travel and activities, movement, mobility, activities from April 4 to 10 to stop the surge of COVID in this city.

“The contact tracing analysts, local health authorities, and experts in the field of epidemiology and disease surveillance recommended an extended period of temporary additional restrictions in light of the current COVID-19 situation in the city,” Magalong said.

From April 1 to 4, this city recorded 567 new COVID cases, bringing the total to 8,055 with 1,041 (12.92 percent) active; 134 (1.665 percent) deaths, and 6,880 (85.41 percent) recoveries.

EO No. 47-2001 added that health workers and health facilities are besieged with patients, requiring an urgent and immediate need to limit mobility, especially the most at risk members of society while disease management teams are in the process of reinforcing, improving, and strengthening response measures.

COVID wards in the four major hospitals in this city have reached full capacity.

A general curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. has been reinstated, including the strict implementation of the age based stay-at-home restrictions to those below 15-years-old and over 65-years-old.

A 50 percent cap has been implemented in physical fitness activities, sports, recreation centers, restaurants with dine-in services, salon, spa, gyms, and accommodation establishments while worship and religious service were also limited to 30 percent attendance.

The operation of driving schools, traditional cinemas, museums and cultural centers, libraries and archives, game arcades, and indoor tourist attractions has been suspended.

Travelers from the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus bubble going to here remains limited to Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR).