I’VE been trying to understand what granular lockdown is ever since I first heard the term used last month.
I mean I know what it actually is but do the rest of Cebu City?
You see, authorities have been tossing the term around with the assumption that the public knew what they were talking about.
Thankfully, everything was made clear on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
IATF Visayas Chief Implementer Melquiades Feliciano explained “that a granular lockdown means the restriction is limited to a specific area, like a household or several houses, a street or a compound where residents were exposed to an individual” with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Cebu Covid-19 situation overseer Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu went on to say that “only sitios or streets with identified cases, not the entire barangay, will be locked down” and “workers living in other sitios not on lockdown will be allowed to exit their villages and report to their workplaces.”
Why do I think it important for the term to be defined in a simple manner that everyone, including the “hard-headed” and “stupid” residents of Cebu City, will understand?
For one thing, everyone had to be on the same page after local and national officials reached a decision that it would implement the plan in 21 Cebu City barangays with a high number of active Covid-19 cases.
So if you are unlucky enough to find yourself behind a barricade in the days to come then you know what that means. Someone in your vicinity has a disease that is highly infectious and can even prove fatal if you or your loved one happens to be vulnerable.
So no need to huff and puff and go around blaming the government. No need to go on social media and start ranting about the inequalities and unfairness of life. Most importantly, no need to panic.
Those under granular lockdown will be tested if they have the virus. If results come back negative, then the lockdown is lifted. If someone tests positive, that person is taken to a quarantine facility? Correct me if I am wrong, please.
Anyway, you see how easy that is? No confusion. Everybody knows what to expect and what needs to be done.
According to Feliciano, the Cebu City Government will provide provisions to affected families for the duration of the lockdown.
What did he mean by “provisions?” Was he only referring to food? What about stuff like soap and toothpaste or even washing detergent? What about vitamins to keep the body’s immune system up? And will provisions differ in barangays?
I think it only fair that this matter is cleared immediately. You see, not everyone has the means to procure even the most basic of necessities, especially those who have been out of work since the start of the pandemic.
After all, it’s hard to think straight when your tummy and pockets are empty.