By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — In the face of new mutation of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan shortly before Friday midnight placed the entire highly urbanized city under stricter observance of health protocols for seven days instead of reverting to lockdown.
The mayor said that in their Friday morning Zoom meeting, the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that there is a new mutation of Covid-19 in Cebu and it recommended a lockdown. This was strongly opposed by Chan and the the rest of Cebu local executives.
“Inay nga mag lockdown, niluwat ta og bag-ong executive order diin atong pahugtan pa ang pagpatuman sa atong mga health protocols (Instead of resorting to lockdown, we issued a new executive order for a stricter implementation of our health protocols),” Chan stressed.
He added that DOH Region 7 officials Dr. Jaime Bernadas and Dr. Mary Jean Loreche told him that it was the main office of the health department that recommended a lockdown for Cebu.
In his directive, starting Friday midnight or February 20 until February 27, Chan said the following activities are temporarily suspended: selling and drinking liquor, karaoke, parties, fiesta, cockfighting, all contact sports activities, non-essential mass gatherings, and operation of internet cafes.
The mayor also imposed the strict implementation of curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. except for those working in those hours.
He exhorted the night shift workers to always bring their company ID or certificate of employment.
At the same time, Chan reminded that based on the order of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), those individuals aged 15 below and 65 above are not allowed to leave their homes.
He also reimposed the quarantine pass and the number coding of vehicles. (AI/MTVN)