Mandaue City’s face mask policy remains

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THE Mandaue City Council is not keen on amending its face mask policy.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes reiterated in an interview with media on Monday, September 5, 2022, that the city's face mask ordinance would remain effective as the City Council had no plans yet to amend it.

Under City Ordinance 15-2020-1531, wearing face masks is required in public places, and violators caught will pay a fine of P5,000.

Cortes said they could not afford to put the citizens at risk once the face mask requirement is lifted, stressing that the city is also facing other problems, such as dengue, among others.

Cortes added that they followed the suggestion of the city's local health board.

Earlier, Dr. Dominga Obenza, head of the Mandaue City Health Office (MCHO), said lifting the face mask requirement might not be a good idea considering the Covid vaccines were not yet proven to give 100 percent protection from the coronavirus.

In a separate interview, City Councilor and Chairman of the Committee of Health Nerissa Soon-Ruiz said the City Council would wait for the directive of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government regarding the matter.

Soon-Ruiz is also encouraging people to obey the health protocols, including wearing of face masks and being vaccinated to protect themselves from Covid-19.

Soon-Ruiz also urged those fully vaccinated to take their booster shots for added protection.

On August 30, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama signed Executive Order (EO) 5, making the wearing of face mask optional in open spaces.

He also issued EO 6 on September 5 to supplement EO 5. The new order stated that the face mask policy will undergo a trial period from September 1 to December 31, 2022.

Cortes said he respects Rama's decision, but the face mask requirement in Mandaue City will remain for everyone's safety.

Meanwhile, wearing of face masks is already optional in Cebu Province since June as Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed EO 8, making face masks obligatory in indoor spaces only. (HIC)