Acting Cebu City mayor defends eased rules on vaccinated persons

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — Acting Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama on Wednesday defended his policy to allow establishments that offer personal care and dine-in services to accommodate vaccinated customers only, after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) asked for the revocation of the order.

Rama, in a Laging Handa briefing, also expressed hope the DILG will not insist on having his order repealed.

"Sana hindi na," he said when asked about the DILG's request.

[Translation: I hope there is no need for that.]

Under Executive Order (EO) 142, Cebu City is allowing 30% of venue capacity for weddings, baptisms, and birthdays, provided that all attendees are vaccinated. Also, beauty salons, nail spas, barbershops, indoor sports venues, gyms, and indoor tourist attractions could operate at limited capacity but they must only be open to vaccinated customers.

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing earlier said the policy cannot be implemented until everyone is given the opportunity to get inoculated.

Rama, for his part, said he consulted various sectors before signing EO 142 that provides perks to vaccinated individuals.

He thanked his constituents who understand the local government's decision to implement the directive.

The acting mayor also noted the LGU waited for the new cases in Cebu City to go "on a downward trend" before issuing the policy.

Cebu City shifted to a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) on Sept. 8. It will be under GCQ until the end of the month.