IATF grants Bacoor City's appeal for Modified ECQ

Bacoor City, Cavite May 16 (PIA) -- The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force granted the local government's appeal for the reconsideration of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and placed the city under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) effective today.

This was revealed by Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla as she addressed her constituents in a video post yesterday, a day before the lifting of the ECQ and moving to the GCQ status in the province.

Mayor Lani Revilla said that, "The move was for the best interest and safety of all the Bacooreños in the wake of the COVID-19 threat that is still very much present in our midst."

The MECQ brings not much difference because the same limitations on the movement of the residents remain in effect. Q-passes are still required for persons allowed to access food and essentials and to the employees/workers needed for establishments permitted to operate.

Mandatory wearing of face mask and social distancing will always be the rule when outside the residence.

Likewise, clustering of barangays and the clustering schedule of public markets, supermarkets, groceries and other establishments still remain in effect and curfew will be from 8pm - 5am with the exception of workers' duties beyond these hours.

Mass gatherings are strictly prohibited while meetings are limited to 5 persons only with social distancing strictly observed.

Outdoor exercises like walking, jogging, and biking are allowed within prescribed hours of 5am-7am and 4pm- 6pm while senior citizens will have to exercise within house premises or backyards.

Schools remain closed and transactions are limited to electronic transactions or online banking only.

The Barangay will issue new Q-passes to Q-pass holders who will return to work while Travel Pass are required for those transferring to new residences within the province and to job applicants for their job applications outside the city.

Mayor Revilla said, "It will be difficult because there is still no public transportation," as she pertains to IATF ruling on transportation limited to company and government shuttles and the allowance for social distancing in private vehicles allowed for Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR).

Establishments and companies who are allowed to operate under IATF ruling will be controlled by IATF's operational procedures.

"Let us all be patient because in the right time we can move to GCQ and slowly start the city's economy," said Mayor Lani Revilla (Ruel Francisco, with reports from the video of Mayor Lani Revilla and from the FB page of the City Government of Bacoor)


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