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Tacloban still under GCQ – IATF

TACLOBAN CITY – The Interagency Task Force (IATF) has recommended extending a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in October in order to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in this city.

However, Mayor Alfred Romualdez has already allowed the sale of liquor starting October 1 but bars and restaurants are still prohibited from serving alcohol in order to avoid social gatherings.

“We are allowing the sale of liquors but (they are) not allowed in bars and restaurants. We only allow the consumption at home and not in public,” Romualdez maintained.

The mayor has also ordered the barangay executives to strictly monitor and discourage social gatherings.

He added that they should strictly monitor those who are under home isolation in order to help the city’s bid against COVID-19.

Atty. Aldrin Quebec, the city administrator, said only positive cases and symptomatic close contacts will be isolated in hotels.

“Other close contacts will be swabbed and if they turn positive, that’s the time that we will isolate them in hotels or isolation facilities. Asymptomatic close contacts will be under home quarantine,” he explained.

The official also said that cemeteries will be closed from October 29 to November 4 for the observance of ‘Undas’ or All Soul’s Day, however, they will allow a maximum of 50 percent capacity to visit their departed loved ones per day, two weeks prior to the said dates.

“We might put QR code scanners to ensure that no close contacts of positive cases can enter the cemeteries,” Atty. Quebec said.

Furthermore, the citywide curfew will still be imposed from 9 P.M. to 4 A.M. while the city of Tacloban is under GCQ. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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