Cebu City sets optional face mask use on ‘trial period’ until year end
The Cebu City government on Monday announced that its voluntary face mask policy will be on trial period until December 2022, and will be automatically lifted should there be a surge in COVID-19 infections in the city.
In reading the Executive Order (EO) No. 6, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s spokesperson Karla Henry-Ammann said that the trial period of the EO 5 which lifted the mandatory face mask use in the city, was set from September 1 to December 31, 2022.
“The same period is hereby referred to as the trial and observation period,” she added.
Further, Ammann said the EO will be automatically lifted and the wearing of face masks in the city will be mandatory anew if there will be a surge of COVID-19 cases in Cebu City, as verified by the government.
Rama signed the EO on Monday during the city government’s flag ceremony.
Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge (OIC) Maria Rosario Vergeire on Wednesday said they were not consulted regarding the lifting of the mandatory face mask policy in Cebu City.
Vergeire stressed there will be a higher risk of infections in an area if the safeguards against COVID-19 are not in place.
Meanwhile, on the part of the Palace, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said they respect the mandate of the local government units over their own jurisdictions. — Giselle Ombay/RSJ, GMA News