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Bulacan reverts to MECQ with localized lockdowns from August 16-31
By: PPAO
Monday, 16 August 2021
CITY OF MALOLOS - As instructed by the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Governor Daniel R. Ferando announced last Friday that the Province of Bulacan will be placed once again under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) with localized lockdowns as stated on the Executive Order No. 30 series of 2021 starting on August 16-31, 2021 with curfew hours between 8 PM to 5 AM following the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the province.

During his live message recently at the Cyberspace League 87.9 NYC-FM, there are still restrictions that need to be observed under MECQ and advised Bulakenyos to avoid mass gatherings since the Delta variant is much more contagious.

"Nandoroon pa rin ang mga restrictions na kailangan natin sundin lalo na at may banta pa ng Delta variant na mas madali at mabilis makahawa. Mas paigtingin natin ang pag-iingat; hangga't maaari iwasan natin ang mga mass gathering," Fernando said.

Moreover, interzonal travel within NCR Plus areas including Bulacan are only allowed for authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) wherein movement is limited to accessing essential goods and for work only in permitted establishments or for other activities allowed in the area.

Other activities such as indoor dine-in are allowed with only 10% capacity; individual outdoor exercises are allowed within the general area of their residences; religious activities, wakes, weddings and baptism only allows 10% capacity but the local government units may increase up to 30% on necrological services, wakes inumment, and funerals only to immediate family members.

In addition, access and use of other public facilities are not allowed during MECQ including indoor/outdoor tourist attractions; venues for meetings, conferences, exhibitions; specialized market of the DOT such as staycation/DOT-accredited accommodations; horse racing with off-track betting (OTB) station; indoor sports courts and venues; entertainment venues such as bars, concert halls and theater; recreational venues such as internet cafes billiards and arcades; amusement parks, fairs, playgrounds and kiddie rides while personal care services such as salons, parlors, beauty clinic and others are allowed with only 30% capacity.

Fernando also instructed the LGUs on what areas in their jurisdiction need to be subjected to lockdown to further control the transmission of virus.
As of 4 PM yesterday, Bulacan has recorded 469 fresh cases and 11 late cases with no new reported deaths and 223 new recovered patients. ###

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