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Gwen Garcia prohibits city residents from visiting province attractions

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Residents of Cebu City are not yet allowed to visit tourism sites in Cebu Province even if the entire Cebu island is under modified general community quarantine, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said.

Garcia, in a press conference yesterday, said she is yet to confer with mayors in the province.

“Not yet, as of now, but I also need to confer with the mayors. I know that most of them are really very, very careful to say the least about Cebu City residents because it was Cebu City that infected the province,” according to her. (https://bit.ly/2RpzEbJ)

The province started reopening its tourism sites in August to resuscitate the economy. Reopening kicked off in Oslob town with its whale watching. Oslob lost over P30 million in revenues since tourism activities were canceled in April when quarantine restrictions were put in place.

The resumption of tourism activities was seen to spark hope that the economy in Cebu could finally gain back momentum, especially since most towns and cities in the province rely on tourism as a main economic driver.

Also, the province launched the One Cebu Tourism portal, where those who want to visit the sites can register and pay cashless. The portal contains all tourism activities offered by the province.

Data released by the Department of Health showed that the province has a total of 5,053 cases, of which 583 are active, as of September 13. More than 320 have died.