MERGE LONG WAIT. The passengers lining up for jeepney rides to Barangay Handumanan reached up to Rosario Street in Bacolod City, yesterday.* (Levi Trio photo)


Neg. Occ. lab gets ok
to start Covid-19 tests

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Finally, good news. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests can now be conducted in Negros Occidental.

The Research Institute of Tropical Medicine has certified that the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital molecular laboratory in Silay City can now perform independent testing for COVID-19 by Realtime Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced last night.

“A little past 10 tonight, we received our certification that the Molecular Lab of TLJP is now a certified COVID-19 laboratory. This is a big progress and development in the efforts of the provincial government in handling the COVID pandemic,” he said. moremoremore


Air travel may resume June 8
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Flights to and from the Bacolod Silay Airport may resume June 8 as soon as the necessary safety measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.

Diaz said they have asked the three airlines – Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia – to each bring in only 1,000 passengers per week for June at least.

This will ensure that that swab specimens can be taken from all incoming passengers for COVID-19 testing, he said. moremoremore

 

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Guidelines issued for dine-in
fast food chains, restaurants
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Trade and Industry has issued new guidelines for dine-in services in fast food chains and restaurants in areas under a Modified General Community Quarantine.

Based on the Guidelines on Minimum Health Protocol for Dine-in Restaurants and Fastfood Establishments, these businesses should install properly-sanitized tables and chairs after each customer’s use, visible proper ventilation in the establishment, and visible sanitizing equipment and tools.

Face-to-face seating will also be allowed but with proper dividers, while still maintaining at least one-meter distance between tables and chairs.