AS Cebu City enters another month of modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status, Mayor Edgardo Labella has issued a new order easing several quarantine restrictions in the city for the entire month of October 2020.
On Thursday, Oct. 1, Labella released Executive Order No. 94 extending Cebu City’s MGCQ status from Oct. 1-30, but downgrading major restrictions.
The EO allows for more movement in the city, while it also, effectively, lifts the liquor ban.
Labella told reporters that while the liquor ban has been lifted, drinking in public places is still prohibited.
“While they drink responsibly, just stay in the comfort of their homes,” Labella said.
Bars and similar establishments are still not allowed to operate under EO 94.
Labella also modified the use of the quick response (QR)-coded quarantine passes during Sundays.
While previously, only those with quarantine passes ending with odd numbers could go out from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. while those ending with even numbers could go out from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., all residents with quarantine passes can now go out at any time on Sundays regardless of the number code stated in their Q-pass.
The 24-hour delivery of food and medicines is also allowed with delivery and courier services now exempt from the city’s curfew.
Essential retail establishments such as groceries, markets, convenience stores, and drug stores can now operate until 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.
Labella said the move is pursuant to the Department of Trade and Industry guidelines to gradually open the economy by allowing more businesses to operate again.
Under the City’s new quarantine guidelines, lawyers are now considered as authorized persons outside residence (Apor) in the city.
Lawyers only need to show their Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) identification card to police and military personnel manning the checkpoints.
Despite the loosening of more restrictions, Labella called on the public to remain vigilant in observing the health and safety protocols so as to avoid a resurgence of coronavirus cases in Cebu City.