Bars until midnight; essential services now open 24 hours a day

Given the decline in active cases of COVID-19 and the high vaccination rate of 144% of the target population for herd immunity, Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo issued Executive Order No. 4 of March 2, 2022 extending the curfew for commercial establishments and bars. until midnight while establishments providing essential services are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.

EO 4, Section 4 provides for the Dumaguete City Government to enforce curfew hours from 12:00 a.m. at midnight until 4:00 a.m. the following day.

Minors under the age of 18 are governed by the existing City Ordinance No. 115, Curfew Series of 2006, which is to be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the following day.

Establishments/bars serving food and alcoholic beverages should only operate until midnight.

Provided that they regulate the following (a) management and staff must be fully vaccinated, and (b) admission of guests indoors must be strictly fully vaccinated.

For alfresco (alfresco) dining, 100% of room capacity is permitted.

Subject to facility staff and staff being fully vaccinated.

Establishments offering live band entertainment, their entertainment ends at 10:00 p.m. pursuant to existing City Ordinance No. 35 Series of 2002 as amended by City Ordinance No. 80 Series of 2003.

Their live group entertainment with tracking services will not have an extension of a [1] curfew start time. However, their catering services may extend until midnight.

Establishments providing essential services, such as, but not limited to, convenience stores, 24/7 restaurants, pharmacies and others may operate 24 hours a day, provided that their staff and admission customers are fully vaccinated.

The curfew hour adjustments were made by Mayor Remollo after consultation with members of the executive committee of the city’s Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The City of Dumaguete shall also adopt and implement the Guidelines on Nationwide Implementation of the Alert Level System for COVID-19 Response, in particular Section 5 (Guidelines for Areas below alert level 2).

Michelle J. Kelley