Treñas: MECQ on Hold. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a social media post, announced that the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) is put ‘on hold’ pending the approval of the National Inter-Agency Task Force. Read more: Vaccine in Iloilo City (Live Updates)
It may be recalled that the local government released Executive Order No. 41, an order placing the entire City of Iloilo under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). In the EO, it mentions that the status is “effective immediately until 11:59pm of May 31 unless otherwise modified or lifted earlier by the IATF.”
Mayor Treñas was quick to rectify, stressing that the EO is put on hold pending approval.
“With the rising cases in the metro, our COVID Team recommended a much stricter protocol to ensure the safety of the community. I signed Executive Order No. 41, an order placing the entire City of Iloilo under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) effective immediately until 11:59 PM of May 31, 2021, unless otherwise modified or lifted earlier by the IATF. We are hoping for the cooperation of everyone so we can control the spike of the cases,” says Treñas in a social media post.
In the EO, it includes the following protocols to be put in place once NIATF approves it.
Curfew. All persons shall not be permitted outside their restrictions from 10pm until 4am except medical, government, and uniformed personnel and those obtaining essential goods and services, or working in essential services or industries and offices that the nature of their work requires them to report on a night shift.
Limited movement of vulnerable sectors. This includes (1) persons more than 65 years of age, (2) persons below 18 years of age, (3) pregnant women, (4) persons with comorbidities, immune deficiencies, and other risk factors, and (5) persons with disabilities.
Prohibited establishments and activities. This includes entertainment venues, recreational venues, amusement parks, outdoor sports courts or venues, indoor sports courts or venues, casinos, horse racing, cockfighting, and operation of cockpits, indoor visitor or tourist attractions including libraries, archives, museums, outdoor tourist attractions, venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions, and personal care services.
Dine in services. Restaurants, eateries, and food establishments are strongly encouraged to open only for takeouts. Moreover, dine-in shall be limited to 20% seating capacity. Greater capacity may be allowed up to a maximum 50% seating capacity for alfresco or outdoor dining.
More can be read in the below EO.