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Labella says ‘no problem’ with tourism ban

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Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has no problem with the province not yet allowing city residents to visit its tourism sites even if the entire Cebu island is now under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

“I have no problem because in my executive order I always emphasize that when we are on quarantine, regardless of the classification, the basic requirement is for you to stay home and you are only allowed to stay out of your home to buy essential goods for your essential needs,” said Labella.

“Now, I think going to a tourist destination is not an essential need of a resident of the City of Cebu,” he added.

According to him, the move of the province complements the Executive Order he has issued. Even under MGCQ, the mandatory stay-at-home order remains in the city.

Under Executive Order No. 89, any person below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, or other health risks, pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, shall be required to remain in their residence at all times, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work in industries and offices or such other activities permitted under MGCQ.

“I’m reminding our people in the city to take heed of the executive order that we should stay home and then we only go out to buy the essential goods. We should not be complacent. When we go out, observe the minimum health requirements because the virus is still very much around,” said Labella.