January 13, 2022

IATF: Cebu City, Mandaue City To Go Back To Alert Level 3

It's not just Metro Manila that has tightened movement restrictions once again. Starting January 14, 2022, Cebu City and Mandaue City are going back to Alert Level 3.

IATF: Cebu City, Mandaue City To Go Back To Alert Level 3

Barely two weeks into 2022 and the country is facing another coronavirus surge. So far, the cases have peaked at over 30,000, the highest tally so far. In the wake of this, some government offices have closed, and alert levels in some areas have gone up.

It was Metro Manila that went back to heightened restrictions following the deluge of reported cases. This time around, two cities in the island of Cebu have done the same. Per the IATF-EID (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases), Cebu City and Mandaue City will go back to Alert Level 3 in response to the current health crisis. So what are the activities and establishments allowed in this restriction?

Per the IATF-EID, these are the activities and facilities allowed in Alert Level 3:

-Interzonal and intrazonal travel

-Individual outdoor exercise

-Essential travel

Activities and facilities NOT allowed in Alert Level 3:

-Face to face classes

-Contact sports

-Fairs/Perya

-Karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters

-Casinos, gambling

-House parties of people not belonging to the same household

There will also be areas that will follow the “30% indoor, 50% outdoor capacity” rule for the two cities. Listed below are the places that must follow the protocol:

-Conference halls

-Permitted event venues

-Tourist attractions such as museums, parks, etc.

- Cinemas

- Limited face to face classes for colleges

- In-person religious gatherings such as baptisms, wakes, etc.

- Licensure exams

- Dine-in restaurants

- Personal care establishments (spas, barbershops, etc.)

- Gyms

- Broadcast productions

- Government offices (30% capacity only)

With those in mind, the government is urging the public to follow health and safety protocols while in these areas and get a vaccine as soon as possible. These restrictions will be in place until January 31, 2021.

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