The Queen City of the South will have merrier evenings with the lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions.
Is Cebu City going back to its pre-pandemic state?
For the first time in nearly two years, Cebu citizens can now stay outdoors later than usual after the government-issued curfew was finally lifted.
This was announced by Mayor Michael Rama during the 85th celebration of the city’s Charter Day at Cebu City Hall last February 24, 2022.
Rama announced his new Executive Order called the Oplan Kagawasan, which refers to opening the city to more people regardless of age and vaccination status.
The curfew that was previously implemented was from 11:30 PM to 4 AM, with fees and community service enforced on violators.
The Oplan Kagawasan initiative also means that there is no more curfew for adults, but still imposes one for minors from 10 PM to 4 AM.
The EO also allows all activities and businesses in Cebu City to operate regardless of age and vaccination status.
This could potentially bring back many establishments affected by the pandemic and effectively boost tourism in Cebu.
CEBU CITY MINIMUM HEALTH PROTOCOLS
The pandemic is far from over, though.
Rama still urges everyone to follow minimum protocols to keep everyone safe while preventing the rise of COVID-19 cases in the city.
Face masks and social distancing are still recommended whenever you leave your house.
It is important to monitor your health and check for any possible symptoms of COVID-19. Those with fever, cough, colds, and the like are urged to stay at home.
Face shields are no longer needed to enter tourist spots in the city.
The EO also removed other major restrictions implemented during the pandemic.
You no longer need to present a vaccination card upon entering public places like malls and supermarkets, while unvaccinated travelers no longer need to present a negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test result upon entering the country.
The provincial government also announced that unvaccinated travelers are welcome to visit the island, fully opening Cebu’s borders and hopefully restoring the city’s tourism sector.
Public transport services like jeepneys are also allowed to carry passengers at full capacity, as long as all of them are wearing masks.
ALERT LEVEL 2
Cebu City is now at Alert Level 2, which was implemented after the decline of cases experienced at the beginning of the year.
The city was upgraded to Alert Level 3 in January, with the maximum number of cases reaching over 7,000. The number of cases has dropped to less than 1,000 by the end of February.
Another factor is the city’s vaccination program, wherein around 800,000 individuals were vaccinated, 600,000 of which got both jabs.
The vaccination program is still ongoing to allow for more recreational activities in the city and to hopefully restore face-to-face classes and other sporting events.
This will be a big step up for Cebu, especially with the two-year economic decline due to the pandemic. Not only can we expect more travelers to visit Cebu City, but now locals will find it much easier to go to their favorite tourist spots as well.