Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said he is issuing an executive order Monday imposing more stringent measures to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental.
Lacson met with the Negros Occidental mayors Friday, June 11, to discuss the call of the medical community for immediate action versus the COVID-19 surge before it is too late.
The mayors agreed to strengthen border control between Negros Occidental and Oriental to prevent the entry of non essential travelers, but travel between Panay and Negros will be allowed, Lacson said.
The EO will also require persons 18 years and below to stay home, he said.
They will also call on residents to continue observing health protocols and wearing masks even in their homes, Lacson added.
All resorts in the province will be closed on the Feast of St. John the Baptist (San Juan) on June 24 , as well as on June 23 and 25, to prevent mass gatherings, he said.
The mayors agreed to keep businesses open but to limit customers to 30 percent of their venue capacity, and asked the Philippine National Police to strictly enforce the rule, Lacson said.
Curfew will remain from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., and the Capitol will continue with its 4-day work week, he added.
The mayors promised to ensure a faster rollout of their COVID-19 vaccines, Lacson said.*