Yay or Nay: Cebu City Lifts All Quarantine Restrictions

Wearing of face mask is still enforced though.

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(SPOT.ph) While Metro Manila and the rest of the country are still waiting on the next announcement for Alert Level of March, Cebu City Mayor Michael L. Rama signed Oplan Kagawasan on February 24. The document "[institutionalizes] measures and approaches, which are designed to promote health, economic recovery, and freedom with shared responsibility, as an effective means of rising up and moving forward from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other calamities and providing rules and guidelines for the purpose." It is effective starting today.

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Oplan Kagawasan includes an "open all policy." This means that "all establishments, persons, and activities shall be permitted to operate, work, or be undertaken regardless of age and vaccination status of persons." However, wearing of face mask, social distancing, and frequent handwashing are still enforced. Curfew, which is from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., applies only to minors.

On February 21, the city government suspended their inoculation of minors due to a vaccine supply issue.

"The allocated doses for this age group have been consumed, so we need to inform the public about the development to avoid miscommunication and inconvenience for parents who want to have their kids inoculated against COVID-19," said Jeffrey Ibones, Cebu City Health Department officer-in-charge.

According to Cebu City Emergency Operations Center, their daily positivity rate dropped to 3.64% on February 21. So far, 74.30% of Metro Cebu's eligible population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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