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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020
For health purposes, swimming in seas, rivers, and other open bodies of water will be allowed once Cebu Province goes under General Community Quarantine. However, this can only be done in local beaches and strict physical distancing must be followed. (Tonee Despojo/File Photo)

When the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starts in Cebu Province, swimming in the sea, rivers and other open bodies of water will be allowed but for health purposes and from 6:00a.m. to 12:00 noon only.

However, beach-goers can swim in the beaches in their own locality only and strict physical distancing must be followed.

Local government units (LGUs) having jurisdiction over beaches are advised to ensure that strict social distancing is observed by controlling the number of persons allowed.

"Kung gusto mo maligo ug dagat, adto ra mo kaligo sa inyong kaugalingong dagat sa inyong lungsod. Dili nga mag-outing mo. Ayaw sa nang mga beach party," Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia advised. 

In her regular virtual presser, the governor pointed out she also believes in the healing properties of salt and saline water. 

“Wala man ko mag-ingon nga dili ko motuo anang dagat nga makaayo. Ang atong gilikayan ana ang tapuk-tapok man or kung asa tong ang mga tawo magpunsisok,” she said. 

The Capitol has consistently advocated for the boosting of Cebuanos' immune system through health regimen for better fighting chance against Covid-19, so much so that this has been added to the Province's GCQ protocols stated in Executive Order No. 17 signed Tuesday, May 19.

Home remedies are strongly encouraged such as drinking eight (8) to 12 glasses of water a day, drinking warm turmeric-salabat (ginger) tea mix twice daily, drinking freshly squeezed ‘calamansi’ (lemonsito) juice twice daily, sleeping at least eight (8) hours a day, and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

Steam inhalation or “tu-ob” twice daily and regular intake of Vitamins C and B-Complex as well as Zinc are further urged.

Exercises such as walking, jogging or plainly sun-basking are allowed between 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., as well as any other form of exercise or physical activity that does not involve contact with other persons.

However, in carrying out these activities, cross-border travel into the territorial jurisdictions of other local government units (LGUs) will not be allowed. (Eleanor Valeros)