PHOTO CAPTION: Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, seen here during his regular press conference at the City Mayor’s Office, issued Executive Order No. 70 placing the entire city under “hard lockdown”./(iNEWS/N. Glenn Aragon) (Photo courtesy of Arnold Almacen/CMO)
ILOILO CITY–Iloilo City will be on ‘hard lockdown’ for six days starting today, August 3, till Sunday, August 8, following the issuance by Mayor Jerry Treñas of Executive Order No. 70, series of 2021, early evening yesterday that delineates the parameters of the said order, including a curfew, liquor ban, and restricted movements of vulnerable sectors, among others.
For starters, a curfew will be imposed in the entire city from 8 pm to 4 am the next morning. A liquor ban will also be in place for the next six days, with both the consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating drinks in public and the sale of alcoholic drinks prohibited in the entire metropolis until midnight of August 8.
In addition, Treñas’ EO will allow entry into the city from other places here in Panay Island only to those who are 1) going to work, provided these are essential services; 2) people seeking medical help or hospitalization; 3) accessing government services; 4) transporting goods and/or construction materials; 5) humanitarian purposes; 6) people going for COVID-19 vaccination; 7) returning overseas Filipino workers (ROFs), returning residents of Iloilo City or Locally-Stranded Individuals (LSIs), and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs); and 8) residents of Iloilo province; and residents of Guimaras province.
Meanwhile, the said EO also provides for the restricted movements of vulnerable sectors, which include persons more than 66 years old and below 17 years old, pregnant women, those with co-morbidities or immune deficiencies, and persons with disabilities. However, those included in the said list will be allowed to go out of their homes to access essential goods and services.
In addition, inbound air and sea travel from areas outside of Region 6 are suspended for the entire duration of the hard lockdown EO, only excluding returning overseas Filipino workers.
As for industries and other activities allowed under Treñas’ EO No. 70, all establishments and businesses that are considered non-essential are closed; mass gatherings of any kind are prohibited; food establishments will only be limited to take-outs and deliveries; and the city’s Esplanades, public plazas, playgrounds, courts, and other multi-purpose pavements are closed.
Meanwhile, wakes will only be allowed for a maximum of three days, with no more than 20 persons belonging to only immediate/first-degree family members allowed to attend the funeral/burial services.
On the other hand, the operation of public utility vehicles like jeepneys, buses, and the like will remain unimpeded in the entire duration of the hard lockdown EO. Also unhampered are the operations of cargoes/delivery vehicles.
The vaccination rollout in the city of Iloilo will also continue sans any restrictions.
Amid the hard lockdown measure, active cases in Iloilo City continue to slide, albeit at a slow pace, with ‘only’ 1,303 active coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 cases to date, putting it at fourth in Western Visayas behind Iloilo Province (2,922), Aklan (1,834) and Negros Occidental (1,303). (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)