TACLOBAN CITY – The city mayor here dispelled rumors that a lockdown will be imposed this December as more people enter the regional capital for the holiday rush.
In a brief video message uploaded on social media Monday night, Mayor Alfred Romualdez said the city will not close its borders but will strictly implement protocols and closely monitor returning residents.
“Just to answer many queries, the city will not be on lockdown. I just caution everyone, as more people travel to the downtown area, to observe physical distancing and wearing of face masks, especially that it is getting colder and more are being infected, so we need to be careful,” he said.
On Dec. 3, the official issued Executive Order No. 2020-11-044 extending the general community quarantine (GCQ) in the city until Dec. 31.
The directive prohibits all forms of face-to-face Christmas caroling, including Christmas parties or social gatherings, and requires the public to follow the minimum health protocols imposed by the health department, which includes wearing of face mask, shield, and physical distancing.
The QR code is still mandatory when entering offices, establishments like malls, and other industries within the city’s jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Romualdez has been working while in isolation after he tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Dec. 10.
“I thank everyone for the support and prayers. I feel much better now. Let’s remain vigilant because this is not yet over,” said Romualdez, the fourth local chief executive in Eastern Visayas to have been infected with the coronavirus.
The others were Catbalogan City Mayor Dexter Uy; Palapag, Northern Samar Mayor Manuel Aoyang; and Giporlos, Eastern Samar Mayor Gilbert Go. Aoyang later died of complications.
As of Sunday, the city has already recorded 1,146 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 1,046 recoveries and 17 deaths. The city has 83 remaining active cases. (PNA)