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Iligan EOC: Follow health rules during Christmas’

The Iligan Emergency Operations Center reminded anew the public to strictly observe the minimum public health standards during the holiday season as the city continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

“Kung mag Christmas party ug merry-making gathering, limitahan ra gyud nga within the family ra ninyo, unya the family should be less than 10 persons,” EOC Health Cluster manager Dr. Belinda Lim emphasized in a COVID-19 virtual presser, Wednesday, as she shared the salient provisions of Executive Order (EO) 144.

(If you will have Christmas party and merry-making gatherings, limit it within the family, and the family should be less than 10 persons.) 

The said EO issued by city mayor Celso Regencia last week provided additional guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation during the holiday season.

Lim pointed out that even if the gatherings are among family members, attendees should remain to be vigilant in applying standard minimum health protocols such as proper physical distancing, avoidance of physical contact, frequent hand washing, and non-sharing of plates, utensils, glasses and others.

The EO also requires elderly, pregnant, or those with comorbidities to stay in one area while the younger ones or those who have high levels of exposure should stay in another during family gatherings.

“Ato pud geprotektahan ang naa sa extreme ages such as those less than 18 years old and more than 65 years olds sa tigom-tigom kay they are the vulnerable group sa COVID-19,” she added.

(We also protect in gatherings those in extreme ages such as less than 18 years old and more than 65 years olds because they are the vulnerable group for COVID-19.)

Lim further said house to house caroling is prohibited under the new EO.

“Mahadlok ta kay basin ang mahatag dili lang sensilyo ug pinaskuhan, basin maapil pa ang COVID virus,” the EOC manager pointed out.

(We are afraid that aside from coins and Christmas gifts, we might give them COVID virus.)

The EO also regulates the conduct of gift-giving and the consumption of liquor and alcoholic drinks in restaurants and bars.

Accordingly, “persons or establishments intending to conduct gift-giving must ensure that recipients are limited to 10 attendees and standard health protocols such as wearing of face mask and face shields and strict physical distancing are strictly observed.”

Meanwhile, drinking liquor, alcoholic drinks, or any intoxicating product in public places such as restaurants, bars, eateries, and other similar establishments is allowed but only limited to two servings per customer (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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