An ordinance requiring the mandatory use of face mask and observance of social-distancing in all public places in Bacolod City was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on first reading yesterday.
Part of the preventive measures against COVID-19 is the use of face mask and the observance of social-distancing in all public places, the ordinance said.
Authored by Councilor Archie Baribar, the ordinance supports the executive order signed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia on March 15 declaring a general community quarantine in Bacolod.
On March 18, the SP passed Resolution No. 324 that declared the city under a state of calamity due to the threat of COVID-19.
The ordinance to be known as "Face Mask and Social Distancing Ordinance of Bacolod City" provides that all persons in public places will be required to wear face masks.
It also covers occupants inside public or private vehicles and persons inside offices or places accessible to the general public.
Any person who fails to wear the required face mask or observe social-distancing as defined under the Ordinance, will be penalized with a fine of P500 or eight hours community service in the barangay where he resides within the next 24 hours from apprehension.
If he is not a resident of Bacolod City, he will be penalized with a fine of P1,000, the ordinance stated.
Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Baribar will conduct a public hearing on the mandatory use of face mask and the observance of social-distancing tomorrow.*
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