By Marisol Bo-oc | 07:39 PM January 12, 2021
The town of Cortes in Bohol will be closed to non-residents to prevent mass gatherings as it celebrates the annual fiesta.
Cortes Mayor Lynn Iven Lim issued Executive Order No. 01-001, series of 2021, to ban the entry of non-residents of the town beginning January 14-17, 2021 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Cortes will celebrate the fiesta celebration in honor of the Holy Child from Jan. 15-16, 2021.
While the order implements a partial liquor ban, drinking in public places is strictly prohibited. Drinking inside the house shall be done moderately.
Exempted in the travel ban are health workers, civil servants, media, public utilities, rescue, and peace and order personnel, and persons residing outside the town in need of immediate medical attention and other emergencies.
To ensure the strict implementation of the community lockdown, checkpoints will be established in all entry points.
Meanwhile, in Dauis town, roads leading to Barangay Biking 2 and Tabalong Purok will be closed on January 14-16; Totolan, Songculan, Tabalong, Tinago and Bingag on January 23-25; Poblacion, Mayacabac and Catarman on January 29-31, to regulate the influx of the people.
Home receptions for wedding, baptism and similar events as well as celebration of fiesta at home shall not be allowed, Dauis Mayor Marietta Sumaylo said in Executive No. 1.
The access shall remain open to all times for Dauis residents, frontliners and employees of exempted establishments.
Panglao residents could pass through the municipality during the said dates but could not make a stop to any place in the municipality.