CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered the temporary closure of malls, excluding grocery stores, supermarkets, money transfer firms, pharmacies, hardware stores and banks effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, until the general community quarantine in the city is lifted.
Labella also included the temporary shutdown of spas, hair salons, barbershops, massage parlors, facial and aesthetic clinics, internet cafes, gaming arcades, karaoke bars, sports centers, including the Cebu City Sports Center, country clubs and golf courses.
“Private establishments and businesses offering leisure and entertainment, gathering crowds confined in a specific area are prohibited from operating during the effectivity of the general community quarantine,” he said.
In a press conference on Thursday, the mayor announced the expansion of Executive Order (EO) 56, which ordered the temporary closure of amusement establishments that serve alcoholic beverages such as night clubs, bars, taverns, cocktail lounges, beer parlors and pubs; arts, entertainment and recreation activities and places such as live performances, events of exhibits intended for public viewing, art, galleries, concerts and opera or dance production, operation of concert and theater halls and other arts; gambling facilities such as casinos, bingo halls, video gaming terminals and the provision of gambling services such as lotteries and off-tracking betting; fitness centers, gyms, dance studio and other fitness classes.
Labella said the City’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) will also temporarily shut down its operations.
The city is under a general community quarantine since March 16 up to April 14, 2020, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Appropriate actions will be imposed on establishments that violate the order, the mayor said, adding that due process will be followed.
The violators may face revocation of their business permits and appropriate legal action.
“Appropriate action will be imposed on those who will violate. We have to let them explain first,” Labella said.
The implementing offices are the Philippine National Police, the BPLO and the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement team.
Barangay captains, tanod and other force multipliers are mandated to implement the order.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said it would shut down its offices nationwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The GSIS-Cebu Branch will be closed until April 12.
The GSIS assured that it will continue to accept loan applications through the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System and pensioners will still receive their pensions on time.
“The GSIS also grants an extension of payment both on premium and loans. Premium remittances and loan payments, including housing loan amortizations due in March and April may be settled on or before May 10 without penalty,” read a portion of the statement. (JJL / WBS)