Curfew in Negros Occidental will stay for now, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson Jr. said Thursday, February 17.
“Let’s observe if we can really maintain this alert level or even go down to Alert Level 1,” Lacson said, of the possibility of lifting curfew.
Negros Occidental that has been experiencing a drop in COVID-19 cases is currently at Alert Level 2.
“Looking forward that would be the ideal, but in the meantime I feel we should still keep the curfew,” he said, stressing the need to be cautious.
Curfew in Negros Occidental is currently from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. for minors, and 12 p.m. to 4 a.m. for those 18 years old and above.
The eventual lifting of curfew would be a sign of going back to normalcy, Lacson said.
In late 2021 COVID-19 cases went down and people were allowed to celebrate Christmas, which led to cases rising, he pointed out.
Fortunately t,he cases are starting to go down again, he said.
He, however, noted that with the upcoming elections, mass
Gatherings are seen as candidates for national posts campaign and it is hard to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Maintaining the drop in COVID-19 cases will depend on how people behave during the campaign period, he said.
The Negros Occidental provincial government may return to a five-day work week and lift curfew by March if the decline in COVID-19 cases continues, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said on Wednesday.*