The National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) announced Friday afternoon that Negros Oriental will be placed under Alert Level 3 starting January 16-31, 2022. This was made possible through IATF Resolution No. 157-A. The placement of stricter alert level is due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 positives in the province and in the country.
Alert Level 3 in Negros Oriental
General safety protocols such as wearing of face mask in public and sanitizing hands will remain all though out the community quarantine. All government agencies and instrumentalities shall remain to be fully operational and shall adhere to at least 30% on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements.
Establishments and activities that will not be allowed under Alert Level 3 include:
- Face to face or in-person classes for basic education, except those previously approved by the IATF and/or the Office of the President.
- Contact sports, except those conducted under a bubble-type setup as provided for under relevant guidelines adopted by the IATF, Games and Amusement Board, and Philippine Sports Commission, and approved by the LGU where such games shall be held.
- Funfairs/peryas and kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides.
- Venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences such as in karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters.
- Casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments except as may be authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President.
- Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.
Meanwhile, establishments and activities that are allowed to operate (with a limited capacity of 30% indoors for fully vaccinated individuals only and 50% outdoors) are:
- Cinemas and movie houses.
- Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE).
- Permitted venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers.
- Visitor or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibits, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints or overlooks, and the like.
- Amusement parks or theme parks.
- Recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools, and similar venues.
- Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training.
- In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the COVID-19 deceased.
- Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations administered by their respective government agency, and specialty examinations authorized by the IATF subject to the health and safety guidelines as approved by the IATF.
- Dine-in services in food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols.
- Personal care establishments such as barbershops, hair spas, hair salons, and nail spas, and those offering aesthetic/cosmetic services or procedures, make-up services, salons, spas, reflexology, and other similar procedures including home service options, subject to the sector-specific protocols of the DTI.
- Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports, subject to DTI sector-specific protocols. Provided that patrons/clients and workers/employees wear face masks at all times and that no group activities are conducted.
- Film, music, and television production, subject to the joint guidelines as may be issued by the DTI, DOLE, and the DOH.