Digos City eases COVID-19 restrictions, allows minors out of homes

Vendors sell food and drinks at the Digos City transport terminal in this file photo. MindaNews photo by YAS D. OCAMPO

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) –The City Government of Digos has amended an earlier executive order (EO) to align to the newer alert level guidelines of the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (IATF).

Digos City Mayor Josef Fortich Cagas signed Executive Order 53, Series of 2021 on November 20.

EO 53 amended several portions of EO 52, Series of 2021, which was released a day earlier.

The city also clarified that the use of face shield was no longer mandatory, except in medical and quarantine settings.

In the new EO 53, minors and vulnerable members of the population can now go out of their homes.

EO 52 earlier ordered all members of the city’s vulnerable population, including minors, pregnant women, seniors and those with co-morbidities, to stay at home.

EO 53 also allows businesses with fully vaccinated staff to stay open until 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, the city government shortened the curfew hours, which is now from 12 midnight to 5 a.m.

Digos also lifted an earlier liquor ban.

Stalls in the public markets with fully vaccinated workers were allowed to stay open until 9 p.m., while night market stalls with fully vaccinated workers may open until 11 p.m.

Digos City, along with the rest of Davao del Sur, was placed under Alert Level 2 by the IATF from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30.

For guidance on the different alert levels, check out this infographic from MindaNews.

 

Last November 11, President Rodrigo Duterte approved improved and less-confusing alert level guidelines, through Executive Order 151.

EO 151 stated: “The nationwide shift to Alert Level System would allow for the reinvigoration of the economy through the opening of more sectors, while protecting the people’s health through the continuous observance of public health protocols and interventions and the heightened implementation of lockdowns in smaller areas, also known as granular lockdowns.” (Yas D. Ocampo / MindaNews)