EVEN though Cebu City is now on general community quarantine (GCQ), residents still have to carry QR-coded quarantine passes every time they step outside their homes.
The city’s quarantine status was downgraded from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to GCQ effective Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, to Aug. 15.
According to Executive Order 86 that Mayor Edgardo Labella issued Friday, July 31, the quarantine pass is still needed to access basic necessities and services.
“Let’s look at the movement of the general populace and their attitude if they will comply with health protocol and guidelines,” he said in Cebuano.
Only then will he consider lifting the requirement, he said.
In May, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said local chief executives could decide whether to require residents living in areas under GCQ status to still use quarantine passes.
Labella said he would also have to consider the situation of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the city. If the number of cases go down and the public continues to behave, then he may have a change of heart, he said.
“If Covid-19 cases drop and we notice that people are more disciplined, that there’s no more need for a quarantine pass, then we will no longer require it,” he said in Cebuano.
However, authorized persons outside residence (Apor) remain exempted from the quarantine pass policy.
Quarantine pass holders are allowed to go outside from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Holders of quarantine passes ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) are allowed to go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while holders of passes ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 0) can go out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
On Sunday, no one is still allowed outside except for those considered as Apor.
Under GCQ, more establishments are allowed to operate, in addition to those already operating since the city was placed on MECQ, including financial services; legal and accounting and auditing services; professional, scientific, technical and other non-leisure services; and other non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments.
Establishments newly permitted to operate must fill out a Business Monitoring Form and are required to submit Employees Information, including the appointment of a designated Health Infection and Prevention Control Officer; Statement of Management Responsibility for Maintaining Workplace Health Standards, duly signed; and Workplace Health Contingency Plan.
The BMF can be filled out and submitted online through https://sites.google.com/view/bplocebucity.
While the city is on GCQ, amusement and gaming activities are still not allowed. Border control and checkpoints are still in place, while public transportation can resume limited operations except for public utility jeepneys. (JJL)