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‘Persons below 18 must still stay home’

Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s order requiring persons below 18 years old in Bacolod City to remain in their residences at all times has not been repealed, Dr. Chris Sorongon, Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical data and analysis, said Sunday, July 11.

“The status quo holds for now,” he said.

This is contained in Executive Order No. 35 that placed Bacolod under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until July 31, he said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has issued a resolution allowing children who are five years old and above to go to outdoor areas provided they are supervised by adults in places under GCQ.

Sorongon pointed out that IATF-EID Resolution 125 Series of 2021 issued Thursday, July 8, said the local government units concerned may increase the age restriction of children allowed out depending on the COVID-19 situation in their jurisdictions.

“Since Bacolod still has a COVID-19 surge I think we will not allow 5-year-olds to go out,” he said.

Bacolod City had 49 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,449 active cases on Sunday, the Department of Health reported.*

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