SAN JOSE CITY – The city government here came out with stricter health and safety protocols to address the current surge of COVID-19 cases.
City Mayor Mario “Kokoy” Salvador issued a new executive order on Wednesday commanding authorities to implement stricter measures to regulate the movement of people in response to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the city.
Under his Executive Order No. 37, Salvador said that effective September 23, all kinds of mass gatherings are banned. He urged those concerned to make use of virtual meetings instead of doing face-to-face get-togethers.
Also prohibited are dine-in services in all restaurants, fast foods, cafes or eateries (carinderias). Only delivery and take-out services are allowed.
All weddings, baptismals, burials and other occasions such as birthdays or reunions are permitted but limited to 10 persons. Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions shall be limited to essential business gatherings at 10 percent venue capacity. Religious gatherings are also capped at a maximum of 10 percent venue capacity.
Salvador also ordered the temporary suspension of the operations of public resorts, beerhouses/karaoke bars, cockpit houses, recreational venues or amusement centers, gyms, spas and indoor fitness group activities.
Curfew is set at 9 p.m. until 4 a.m., the mayor added.
As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, Salvador said 12 new confirmed cases through the RT-PCR testing were recorded while 39 others turned out antigen-positive. He reported five recoveries and one death Patient 1062, a 70-year-old from Bgy. Calaocan.
As of Sept.22, San Jose City has a total of 1,372 COVID-19 cases, with 267 active cases, 1,010 recoveries and 95 deaths.