Cebu City imposes ‘No Vax, No Entry’

Published January 21, 2022, 1:58 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — Amid the rising COVID-19 cases here, City Mayor Michael Rama has issued an Executive Order (EO) limiting the movement of unvaccinated individuals.

Rama issued EO 157 which contained several anti-COVID-19 measures, including a policy that bars unvaccinated persons from entering enclosed or indoor establishments.

As part of the “no vaccination, no entry” policy, presentation of vaccination cards is required when entering enclosed establishments.

Malls and department stores are among those classified in the EO as indoor venues.

Also, children 11 years old and below will not be allowed inside the malls.

Those 12 to 17 years old will be allowed to enter provided that they are fully vaccinated and are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

“The devastating impact of super typhoon Odette and the continuing threat of Covid-19 have given rise to the need to adopt a unified and collaborative approach for the health and economic recovery,” read a portion of Rama’s EO.

Revocation of permits and “possible charges under existing laws” will be imposed on establishments violating the EO.

Rama alsa ordered a 10 p.m.-4 a.m. curfew for minors and 11 p.m.-4 a.m. curfew for non-essential or non-work related travels.

The city’s COVID-19 cases have been on a rise.

Based on the Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH-7) data, the city’s active cases rose to 4,385 after tallying 732 new cases on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Rama’s recent order differs from the stand of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

The governor has issued a memorandum reminding mayors not to impose “no vaccine, no entry” and “no vaccine, no work” policies.

Garcia is also against the “no vaccine, no ride” policy.

As a highly urbanized city, Cebu City is out of Cebu Province’s jurisdiction.

The province’s COVID-19 cases have also been increasing with 2,179 active cases as of Jan. 19.