THE suspense is killing me.
I live in Sambag 1, a barangay in Cebu City that has a high number of active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases that may be placed on granular lockdown starting Sunday, July 26, 2020.
So far, there has been no word from the City Government or the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease on what awaits me and my neighbors.
Will we be forced to stay at home for the next three to 14 days or not?
I understand all the hush-hush. If they make the announcement too early, residents who will be affected by the granular lockdown may just up and move. Then we’re back to square one.
City Councilor Joel Garganera did go on record Friday, July 24, that the City Government would implement strict quarantine measures in 26 barangays and not 21 as earlier reported.
That should put more people at ease... ahem. Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the Covid-19 IATF Emergency Operations Center Cebu City, refused to name the concerned barangays but we already know which are in the top 20 list so that’s a no-brainer.
By the way, here’s a recap for those who still don’t know what a granular lockdown is.
It is “the locking down of only a particular household, compound or sitio.”
In my understanding, and the City has yet to fully explain the mechanics, affected residents will not be allowed to leave their homes for the duration of the lockdown. Everyone will be indoors. Stores, eateries and all establishments will be closed. Even pharmacies, I guess, since no one will be allowed to leave their houses.
Residents will receive provisions. Again, the City did not say what these would be, but I will assume it was talking about rice and food. What about the other necessities that people nowadays can’t live without? I know I can’t survive a meal without a toothpick. Deodorant, too, is important. Trust me.
I mean, the City needs to spell these things out. That way people will know what to expect and they won’t have so many questions when the day finally comes. Because people will look for answers.
What happens if they need to buy medicine? Can they still have their milk tea delivered to them?
Mind you, a granular lockdown is all inclusive. Even workers considered as Apor, or Authorized Person Outside Residence, will not be allowed to go out. So I guess they should be called Napor then.
Maybe the City already posted all the information on its official Facebook page. But then it has a habit of deleting it hours later so that may explain why I’m in the dark.
At any rate, hundreds if not thousands of Cebu City residents will wake up on Sunday and find out that they can’t leave their homes.
If that’s not adding anxiety to an already anxious population, I don’t know what is.