3 Cordillera provinces under Alert Level 4 – Archyde

BAGUIO TOWN: Three Cordillera provinces were placed on Alert Level 4 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) from January 21-31 following the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province will remain under Level 4 Alert, while Apayao, Benguet and Baguio City will remain under Level 3 Alert. However, Abra will still be under Level 2 Alert by the end of the month based on the latest classification issued by the IATF-EID.

The recent declaring of alert level for the Cordillera provinces prompted local chief executives to issue appropriate quarantine restrictions for the communities in their respective jurisdictions.

Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. said travel would remain allowed for everyone except those under the age of 18, over 65 with comorbidities and pregnant women.

However, he clarified that minors and members of vulnerable groups have access to basic goods and services. They may also report to work in industries and offices that are permitted to operate.

He said fully vaccinated people will be allowed for point-to-point travel, stays and outdoor exercise provided minimum public health standards and precautions such as mask-wearing and observing physical distancing are strictly observed.

Meanwhile, Lacwasan ruled that some activities in the province, as well as gatherings in individual dwellings that do not belong to the same household, are not allowed.

The governor said facilities that are permitted to operate are allowed up to 10 percent of their event capacity for fully vaccinated people and 30 percent of the capacity of outdoor venues, provided they have been issued a safety seal certification.

Meanwhile, in Kalinga, Tabuk Mayor Darwin Estrañero issued a recommendation requiring people under the age of 18, over 65 with comorbidities and pregnant women to stay home.

He said exercise will be allowed for people not covered by the house bans.

For food outlets and restaurants, alfresco dining is permitted up to a maximum of 30 percent of the venue’s capacity, while indoor dining will be up to 10 percent of the venue’s maximum capacity.

The mayor said barber shops, beauty salons, nail and hair spas will be allowed to provide outdoor services with a maximum of 30 percent of event capacity and 10 percent indoors for fully vaccinated people, on the condition that all workers are also fully vaccinated.

Religious gatherings are also permitted with a maximum capacity of 30 per cent outdoors and 10 per cent indoors, provided religious clergy and members are fully vaccinated.


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