Heightened restrictions in Baguio until end of September

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BAGUIO CITY (September 25,2021) — The City Government of Baguio in another Executive Order issued Friday afternoon imposed another heightened General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until September 30, 2021.

The new EO is based on the current seven-day average of COVID-19 cases per day in the city.

On September 17, 2021, the cases rose to a record high of 262.  But as of 5:00 PM Friday (September 24, 2021), the City Health Services Office (CHSO) recorded 316 new confirmed cases, bringing the total of cases in the city to 22, 885 with 452 Covid-related deaths.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the situation prompted the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) to escalate Baguio’s community quarantine status.  He said the City Government shall adhere to the recommendation of the IATF-EID, but it is also constrained to modify or localized portions to mitigate the impact of the restrictions to the local economy.

Aside from the reduction of the capacities of establishments, the city government also directs stricter measures to the holding of events or social gatherings.  “All attendees must be fully vaccinated, otherwise, negative RT-PCR test results of RT-PCR tests conducted within 48 hours prior to the event shall be required,” stated in the order.

Artemio A. Dumlao