In a recent social media post, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas enumerates the safety protocols imposed in the City of Iloilo to aid in the prevention of COVID. In a recent update by the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development, 93 confirmed cases in Western Visayas has been added (as of August 08) with additional 34 cases for Iloilo City alone. Moreover, several call center agents working in BPOs in the city have also tested positive.
Here are safety protocols imposed in the metro:
- Curfew in the city from 8:00PM to 4:00AM
- Mass gatherings, religious gatherings, fiestas, birthday celebrations, etc. are not allowed at the moment
- Ban on alcoholic drinks.
- Restrictions on the fishing port and mass testing on all close contact .
- Restrictions on BPOs.
- Moratorium on the arrival of LSIs and OFWs.
- Restrictions on the movements of senior citizens and minors.
- Work from home arrangements for individuals 55 years old and above.
- Use of face shields for all persons who transact business at City Hall.
- Use of face shields for all frontliners of City Hall.
- Suspension of the flag ceremony in the meantime.
- Lockdown of the affected call centers
- Selective lockdown of some barangays and the terminal market and mass testing of contacts.
Moreover, Treñas stresses the importance of following the said protocols.
“In order to minimize the possibility of community infection in the whole city, I thank all religious organizations for following these restrictions. We are doing these things to minimize the level of infection and to avoid the city going into enhanced community quarantine where the movement will be restricted and businesses will again be closed except for essential businesses. All these restrictions shall remain up to August 17 as long as we contain local transmission. Let us continue to cooperate and follow the protocols. Salamat guid sa tanan,” states Treñas in a social media post.
All protocols shall remain in effect until August 17, 2020.