Our sympathy to event organizers, entertainers, tourists/travelers, small businesses, athletes, sports fans/enthusiasts and most especially to the leisure drinkers in these trying times.. With COVID-19 vaccine just at the beginning of it’s human trial and development phase, (WHO) World Health Organization said on an interview that a vaccine would “still take time.. to become available to the public.” thus, pushing all possibility of normalcy at the end of the year or worst next year.
According to the Philippine Information Agency site, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Gov. Humerlito A. Dolor the province will be under (GCQ) or also known as “General Community Quarantine” effective May 1st.
The switch from the (ECQ) Enhanced Community Quarantine to GCQ was granted by the (IATF) Inter Agency Task Force as requested by the local chief executive and was announced during the joint meeting of the the Provincial/Municipal Disaster Risk Management Councils, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members, and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Oriental Mindoro Chapter.
As stated by the site, “the following sums up the guidelines under the GCQ, according to IATF:
1) Agriculture, Fishing, Forestry, Food Manufacturing and its Supply Chain, Food Retail, hospitals, drugstore, clinic, logistics, water, energy, internet/telecom, media, electronics and exports, E-commerce Delivery, Repair and Maintenance Services, Housing and Office Services, Financial Services, other non-leisure wholesale and retail trade and services are allowed to operate;
2) All are allowed to go out to buy their basic needs (except those whose age ranges from 0-20 years old and those who are 60 years old and above) but they must wear face mask all the time;
3) The local government unit may implement curfew especially for those non-working individuals;
4) All grocery stores/malls may also operate in limited number of hours only; 5) Restaurants may be allowed to deliver and people may take out foods observing proper distancing;
6) Higher learning institutions may continue their classes until they finish the academic year;
7) Limited number of public transportations shall be allowed to operate; and
8) Airport and seaport may only transport basic goods.”
And with that, the meeting also clarified a few things.
“..Mass gatherings like fiestas, foundation days, sports activities and other related public gatherings are strictly prohibited until December 30. Likewise, liquor ban will still be strictly prohibited within the said period.”
Stay Strong Oriental Mindoro! 🙂
Good luck Metro Manila!