Motorists advised to brace for return of heavy traffic in Cebu City

CEBU CITY—Motorists were advised to brace for heavy traffic now that the city is already under general community quarantine (GCQ).

          Heavy traffic was experienced in most parts of the city on Monday, August 3, and it may not be the only time that roads will be congested.

          The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) noted an 80 to 90 percent increase in the number of vehicles that hit the roads here Monday.

Police Col. Josefino Ligan, chief of CCPO, said roads will be busier in the coming days as the GCQ status also allowed more establishments to open up.

          “There will be more vehicles on the roads because more establishments have opened and more workers who have their own transportation are reporting back to work. There will be more vehicles and checkpoints are everywhere so expect heavy traffic,” said Ligan.

          Ligan advised workers to leave early as police will be strict in checking vehicles at quarantine control points.

          “We will really check if they are employees of these establishments that are allowed to operate under GCQ,” said Ligan.  

          Ligan reminded the public that quarantine passes are still needed for those who go outside.

          More than 300 hundred persons were arrested since August 1 for going out without quarantine passes.

           Ligan said the CCPO is hoping for the approval of the proposed ordinance that will penalize community quarantine violators with one to five days imprisonment and a P2,000 fine.

          “ “We are hoping that it will be approved because that will help us in implementing quarantine protocols,” Ligan said.