Thursday, June 20, 2024

Bacolod: Non-Essential Malling For Minors Not Yet Allowed

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Bacolod City – Emergency Operations Center-Task Force clarified that non-essential entry of minors or persons under 18-years-old inside the malls and other establishments is not allowed as Bacolod City is still under Alert Level 4.

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“We are still on Alert Level 4 as per National Inter-Agency Task Force. Changes on alert level is announced every 15th and 30th of the month,” Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC-TF deputy for medical and data analysis, said.

Sorongon said that minors aged 12 to 17 years old must be allowed entry at the malls only for vaccination purposes.

“The Executive Order not allowing those under 18 years old and those above 65 years old is still in effect. Minors will only be allowed entry at the malls for vaccination, after that, they have to go home,” Sorongon explained.

For compliance, mall managers said that they will meet with their security team for run through and clarifications of protocols.

Some mall managers admitted that there has been confusion of the ALS.

Sorongon thanked mall managers for their continued support and vigilance of the city’s fight against COVID-19 and prompt compliance.

EOC-TF executive director Em Ang said that parents can bring their children aged 12 to 17 years old to get vaccinated at SM City and Ayala Malls.

Children with comorbidities may get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Robinsons Place.

“In preparation for face-to-face classes that will soon resume, parents are encouraged to get their children protected against COVID-19,” Ang said.

Yesterday, Bacolod only had 15 new COVID cases. She said that this is the lowest infection rate since August 14. “It is still important to protect yourselves by getting fully vaccinated and to follow health protocols at all times,” she said. (Chrysee Semillano via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)

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