ORMOC CITY – A day after he placed Ormoc City on General Community Quarantine (GCQ) under EO 89 starting September 1, 2020, Mayor Richard I. Gomez again issued another Executive Order 89-A easing it and abided with the national declaration of a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) all over the country with the exception of a few cities and municipalities.
However, the mayor retained the “modified” liquor ban, prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in restaurants, carenderias, and sari-sari stores. The selling and buying of alcohol are allowed but consumption should only be done in homes.
On the other hand, the national Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has pronounced that among those which are to remain under GCQ is Tacloban City where an increase of cases was noted; Bacolod City, Bulacan, and Batangas.
Iligan City, on the other hand, has been declared under a more restrictive Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
The declared community statuses for these areas will remain for one month starting September 1, instead of the usual 15 days, according to a statement by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. The announcement of Mayor Richard I. Gomez during the Ormoc City Covid Task Force meeting on the afternoon of September 1 brought relief to businessmen, especially those in non-essential businesses, as they can continue operating.