CURFEW in Cebu City has been shortened to six hours starting on Monday night, Oct. 5, 2020, a decision made by Mayor Edgardo Labella to give workers, including medical frontliners, ample time to go back to their homes.
Instead of commencing at 10 p.m., the curfew now starts at 11 p.m. beginning Oct. 5.
The new curfew hours now allow city residents more time to buy their needs such as grocery items and medicine; businesses opened during modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) can also extend their operations.
Labella heeded the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) which requested him to follow the move of Mandaue City Government in shortening curfew, which is imposed to prevent residents from gathering outside their residences and protect them from contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Cebu City and the rest of the local government units in Cebu Province are under MGCQ status until the end of October.
Aside from shortening the curfew hours, the local executive also has allowed the round-the-clock operation of food and delivery services in Cebu City.
The curfew in Cebu City has been in effect since mid-March, the month when cases of Covid-19 started to rise in the country.
Despite registering low numbers of Covid-19 cases in the past days, the City is still implementing the curfew to force residents to stay at their homes.
As of Monday, Oct. 5, Cebu City had seven new cases and 24 recoveries. No deaths were reported.
Of the city’s 10,038 total confirmed Covid-19 cases, 675 were deaths.
The city had 350 active cases as of Oct. 5. (PAC / KAL)