City reiterates protocol on Social gatherings

23 July 2021 – Social and work-related gatherings in the city need to be monitored, the venue to be inspected by health and barangay or city officials.

This is part of the continuing vigilance against the possible entry of the more transmissible Delta Covid-19 variant, Executive Assistant to Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Atty. Althea Alberto said during the Ugnayan regular media forum last Wednesday at city hall.

For social gatherings; weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, and other functions in venues, inspection by the City Health Services Office (CHSO) is needed, with recommended approval by the City Mayor’s Office.

Alberto appealed that the application for approval is submitted at the Mayor’s office at least seven days before the gathering.

 Venues for work-related gatherings such as meetings, elections, and small official groupings need to be inspected by the CHSO, for compliance with the 30% capacity.

Family or household gatherings of not more than 10 individuals shall not need inspections, but barangay officials should be notified, she added.

The minimum health protocols should be followed: the wearing of face mask and shield, hand sanitizing and social distancing, Alberto pointed out.

As to queries on the use of face shield, Alberto clarified that it could be removed or raised if it hampers vision for working or moving around.

She also clarified queries on travel, whereas basic requirements are registration on hdf.baguio.gov.ph (for essential travelers) or visita.baguio.gov.ph (for tourists) and vaccination card, provided that travel happens 14 days after the second dose; or negative results of Covid tests. 

Travelers should also present identification documents, employment or authorized travel order, Alberto further said. – Julie G. Fianza