Cebu town imposes “hard lockdown” due to COVID

Published July 22, 2021, 1:22 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, a granular lockdown will be enforced for six days in Samboan town, southern Cebu.

Samboan Mayor Emerito Calderon Jr. on Thursday issued an Executive Order placing seven barangays on “hard lockdown” from July 23-28 in which “strict stay-at-home and restrictions to travel” will be imposed.

The lockdown will be imposed in Barangays Suba, Poblacion, Bonbon, Tangbo, Dalahikan, Colase and Bato.

In his EO, Calderon said Samboan, a fifth class municipality with a population of 20,373 people based on the 2020 census, “has a rising number of COVID-19 cases, symptomatic and asymptomatic with COVID suspects deaths for the past two weeks.”

During the lockdown business establishments will be closed except pharmacies, remittance centers, money transfers and convenience stores.

Sari-sari stores, gas stations and banks will be allowed to open on the fourth day after the first day of the lockdown.

Public markets, tourist spots, eateries and restaurants will be closed during the lockdown.

Cebu province has been experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases in the past few days with its active case going back to more 1,000 again.

As of July 21, the province had 1,380 active COVID-19 cases.