Talisay City gets IATF nod for MECQ

Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony "Samsam" Gullas Jr. (SunStar file)

THE National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases has granted the appeal of Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony "Samsam" Gullas Jr. to reclassify the city under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from general community quarantine (GCQ) from May 20, 2020, until May 31, 2020.

In Gullas Facebook Page, he announced that he got advanced information that the IATF granted his appeal due to the continuous rising of cases of Covid-19 in the city.

Gullas issued Executive Order no. 22 on May 18, 2020, declaring the city under the state of MECQ and providing guidelines, protocols and standards.

He added that there were some guidelines that they have obtained from Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's EO and added some specific guidelines for the city.

In the EO, the mandatory safety or the public health standards such as wearing of facemasks, putting up of sanitizing or hand washing stations, temperature check, and social distancing are still in place. Using of quarantine passes will also continue.

Gyms, fitness, sports, recreation centers; bars and pubs; karaoke establishments; movie houses; swimming pools; cockpits; personal care services such as massage parlors, sauna, facial care, and waxing, barbershops and beauty; and other leisure establishments are prohibited to open.

Restrictions on the entry from enhanced community quarantine zone are also provided to reiterate the EO No. 5-Q-1 of Garcia which still following the list of allowed persons to enter. There is still a "One Entrance, One Exit Policy".

Curfew hours will start from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. while the market schedules for barangays are still the same.

In the EO, Gullas stated that only busses are allowed in the MECQ that can ply the national highways but not for free.

Despite being placed under MECQ, the Cebu South Bus Terminal will be temporarily located in Talisay City. (JCT)


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