Contrary to earlier media reports, the Cebu Provincial Government has not decided yet if it will allow the entry of Cebu City residents to visit its tourism sites now that the two areas are under the same quarantine status.
“As of now, wala pa but I also need to confer with the mayors. I know that most of them are really, really very careful, to say the least, about Cebu City residents kay ang nakatakod lagi sa Province ang Cebu City,” Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said during a press conference on Monday, September 14.
Questions were raised whether the Province will now accept Cebu City residents to visit its popular tourism sites after the city was placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting September 1, almost two months since the Province was placed in the same risk classification in July.
Because of the downgrade in the risk classification, Garcia started the initiative to resuscitate Cebu’s tourism industry which was badly hit by the pandemic.
Considered as Cebu’s prime economic driver, the governor vigorously pushed for the establishment of strict health protocols for visiting tourists and clearly specified that local tourists, especially Cebu residents are only allowed to visit its prime spots.
With the reclassification of Cebu City, Garcia expressed clearly that she will consult the mayors of the Province’s towns and component cities.
She said the mayors were cautious because of the high prevalence of Covid-19 cases in the metropolitan city.
However, she clarified that she has not issued an order yet prohibiting Cebu City residents from visiting tourist destinations in the Province.
As of now, 11 local government units in Cebu Province have zero Covid-19 cases. These are the towns of Bantayan, Samboan, Alegria, Alcantara, Tudela, Malabuyoc, Pilar and San Francisco and the cities of Danao, Toledo, Carcar and Bogo. (Vanessa Almeda)