Amid mutation, Oponganons face tougher restrictions


Lapu-Lapu City has strengthened the implementation of its quarantine policies following the discovery of mutation found in a sample taken from a city resident who tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

In a recent Facebook post, Mayor Junard Chan called for cooperation from all residents to stop the spread of the mutated virus.

Chan, however, expressed opposition to the recommendation to put Cebu back on lockdown, citing its devastating impact on livelihoods. (

The mayor has issued a much stringent executive order (EO) that suspended certain activities in the city temporarily while the city is under modified general community quarantine this month.

During this period, the city prohibits all types of non-essential mass gathering, all forms of contact sports and sporting events, cockfighting activities, karaoke, parties, internet cafe operations, among others.

But, mass gathering activities that have been booked at hotels, resorts, and tourism establishments yesterday, February 20, and today, February 21, will be allowed to push through.

Drinking of any type of liquor in public and private places is also prohibited.

The city will also enforce the curfew strictly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Exempted from the curfew are workers who are on duty within these hours.

The EO also imposed number coding of quarantine passes in going to the public market, supermarkets, and department stores, as well as number coding schemes for vehicles.