ILOILO CITY – The city government here has put in place measures to prevent the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the metropolis this Holy Week.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas on Monday afternoon signed Executive Order (EO) number 029 providing for additional measures to prevent the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases here this Holy Week.
The protocols, which immediately took effect, were crafted upon consultation with the Iloilo City Covid team.
“Holy Week is fast approaching and it is necessary to establish additional protocols considering the traditional activities that take place during such season, which has the potential of increasing viral transmission,” the mayor said.
All protocols were to take effect immediately.
In the EO, the city government mandates that a maximum indoor seating capacity of 50 percent shall be observed at all times.
“No gatherings and conduct of religious activities shall be allowed outside the church and/or venue,” the EO said.
However, religious congregations are encouraged to assign members to act as health compliance officers who will remind their members of the observance of health protocols before, during, and after their activities.
Devotional processions usually conducted on Holy Week and home visitations by “apostles” are not allowed. However, the blessing of religious articles would still be observed without a congregation or attendees.
The city government also suspended the operations of beaches, resorts, and waterparks as well as game arcades until 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2021.
On the other hand, the city government is encouraging private establishments to adopt alternative work arrangements with older workers and immuno-compromised or with comorbidities as much as possible be allowed to work from home.
“Workers who experience any flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, body malaise, headache, fever, cough, etc. no matter how mild, must desist from reporting to work and immediately inform their employers of their situation,” the EO said.
Those staying at home, especially with elderly individuals or immuno-compromised, are advised to be extra cautious.
Wearing face masks is encouraged even at home, and sharing of food and utensils is discouraged.
The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development Covid-19 regional case bulletin showed that as of March 28, the city has 345 total active cases from 5,739 total cumulative cases. It has 5, 224 recoveries and 169 deaths.
As of noon Monday, the city has no reported case of Covid-19. (PNA)