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Tourists still ban in Sipalay

The ban on tourism-related and non-essential travel to Sipalay City has been extended until October 31.

Mayor Maria Gina Lizares, who signed the executive order on October 13, said that the order was in response to the City Tourism Council’s unanimous decision of not catering to tourists from outside Sipalay for the rest of October.

As of October 6, Sipalay City has two barangays affected by local transmission, and that the inter-agency task force deemed that opening the city for tourists and non-essential travelers will contribute to the amount of Covid-19 positive cases, the order said.

Lizares said that only essential travel will be allowed in Sipalay. These are medical-related transactions, business transactions to open establishments, government-related transactions, delivery of goods and items, non-residents from non-high-risk areas who are employed in Sipalay, and non-residents who are property owners in the city.

Non-essential travel, meanwhile, is not allowed in Sipalay. These are visits to relatives and friends, church-related activities, school-related transactions, house-to-house retail selling, and ambulant vendors from outside Sipalay.

Moreover, the EO said that persons travelling outside the 6th District shall be required to be quarantined at the Sipalay quarantine facility or at home for 14 days and shall be subjected to a swab test, drivers and personnel of delivery panels and trucks are also required to present their travel form, delivery order or receipt, and medical certificate, while intermediate family members of the dead who are returning to attend wake or funeral may be given special consideration considering they properly coordinate with IATF.

Violators of the order will be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”/MPE

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