By Rey Anthony Chiu | 12:46 PM January 13, 2022
As of January 10, 2022, Bohol has given complete vaccination doses to 473,449 individuals, pegging the total vaccination rate in the entire island at 49%.
And short of 70% vaccination target for medical front-liners and senior citizens, even when the province is placed under Alert Level 2, and even if it has been awarded safety seal, places where people converge her can only accommodate 60% maximum capacity for indoor venues and 80% maximum capacity for outdoor venues.
Based on the guidelines issued by the Department of Health (DOH), as of December 31, had Bohol reached the targeted 70% of it population of medical personnel in risky work environment and senior citizens, the province could stretch its maximum capacity for its indoor and outdoor venues.
As to the DOH, areas under Alert Level 2 with safety seals and in the regions with not lesser than 70% vaccination coverage for its A1 and A2 priority groups, can go for 80% maximum capacity for its indoor venues and 100% maximum capacity for its outdoor venues.
Despite of this, netizens have shared images on social media showing images of public utility vehicles taking full seating capacity.
Among the most complained potential violators for the maximum capacity in transport sector are public utility buses, jeepneys and fastcrafts for maritime vessels.
Lest people be fooled into falsely believing that typhoon Odette has also blown Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) away, local health experts remind everyone anew: “Keep your guards up.”
In its guidance issued December 31, 2021, the Department of Health said that for places under Alert Level 2, indoor venues still need to admit 50% of the place’s capacity, and 70% when it is an outdoor venue.
For other indoor venues under Alert Level 2 which have been certified by appropriate government agencies and which have earned from themselves the COVID safety seal, they can admit 60% of their capacity and 80% maximum capacity for their outdoor events. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)