COVID-19 in Cebu curfew covers local businesses, exempts food, pharmaceutical, BPO companies
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has placed the city under general community quarantine following Executive Order No. 52 effective last March 16, Monday.
One of the key provisions in the order is the implementation of a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. This covers not only the city’s constituents but also the operation hours of local businesses. The Executive Order states that establishments can adopt flexible schedules to accommodate their staff and customers.
The Philippines is one of 173 countries and territories that have reported having COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-2019) cases as of March 19, according to the World Health Organization. As the national government had already pushed for a lockdown starting with Metro Manila—with local government units expected to follow—business groups have issued a joint statement last week expressing their support for the government, the nation’s health workers, and encouraging the Filipino people to do the same.
“We strongly urge our members and the public to fully cooperate with the government and our health workers in ensuring early detection and prompt medical response. We are determined to ensure that the health and welfare of our employees, customers, clients and stakeholders is not adversely affected or compromised,”
“With focused attention and unified efforts, we believe that the resiliency and determination of our nation in overcoming the threats posed by COVID-19 will prevail,” the statement added.
For TAHCHE, a list of precautionary measures has been shared to its employees and clients but they have continued to encourage them to take other precautions as mandated by the national and local government, and as deemed necessary.