Christmas, New Year’s travel ban for NegOcc is approved


The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) in Western Visayas has approved the Negros Occidental Provincial Government’s request for a travel moratorium on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Resolution No. 84 signed by the Head of the RIATF Secretariat Christian Nagaynay, approving provincial requests for a travel moratorium on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January 2021.

This moratorium is also expected to help the province decongest, disinfect, and prepare quarantine facilities for the next group of stranded individuals (LSI).

Last week, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson urged LSI to come home early for the holidays.

LSI that plans to spend Christmas Day in Negros Occidental must return home by December 20, according to Lacson.

Conversely, those planning to return on New Year’s Day must do so by December 27th.

Lacson issued a call to avoid the entry of people entering the province and prevent transmission of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The provincial government, said Lacson, will continue to enforce strict travel protocols even though the province maintains a modified general public quarantine (MGCQ) status.

LSI must undergo reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test upon arrival at Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City. They are also mandated to undergo quarantine pending the results.

For out-of-residence authorities who frequently travel to the province, they are required to file a health information form and company information, show travel schedules, and submit at least one negative RT-PCR test result a month.

Furthermore, the Governor revealed that Bacolod-Silay Airport will be closed on 24, 25, 31 and 1 January 2021. This will give time for frontliners, especially health workers who are tasked with checking incoming passengers, rest time and celebrating holidays.


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