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Iloilo City keeps face mask rule in public places

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The rule on wearing masks should remain as the Covid-19 pandemic remains a threat to economy and public health, according to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo Iloilo, Treñas said he won’t drop the mask mandate in the city, citing the remaining presence of Covid-19 cases.

“We have no changes on the face mask [mandate]. We are seeing that cases are rising, and although they are mild and asymptomatic, we still have to make sure that we protect ourselves because the virus is still there,” the city mayor said. (https://bit.ly/3Ojkb8A)

He made the same statement Monday following the executive order issued by Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia that made wearing masks in open and well-ventilated areas in their province optional.

“[Garcia] said she made [mask wearing] optional to hide ugly faces and flat noses. For us, Ilonggos and Ilonggas, we are all beautiful, we don’t hide our faces. But we follow the (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and the (Department of Health) ,” said Treñas.

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