CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) encourages restaurant-bar enthusiasts to wear masks even inside such establishments.
Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief of implementation of the EOC, said restaurant bars remain a problem for the city’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation.
He said people inherently lower their guard inside these establishments to take advantage of food and alcohol increasing the risk of transmission.
“Ang diperensya aning bars kay once gani, it will only take one positive individual, super spreader na siya. So ingani ni, we had a meeting with the BPLO and the rest of the doctors. Naa gane mo sa bar, it is imperative diha ninyo that you have to wear a mask, ”Garganera said.
Thus, establishments and customers are encouraged to respect the policy of wearing masks inside the premises, except when eating or drinking.
This way, people who are not eating or drinking yet can reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
Garganera said they did not have conclusive data indicating there was an increase in COVID-19 among people visiting the bar.
Indeed, most of them who admit having frequented bars also went to areas at high risk of transmission, including grocery stores and markets.
“Dili pa kaayo siya concluding (ang data). Naa na siya, but you know, as he visited 3 zones, 4 zones this particular person nga nangadtog bar, grocery store, nisakay ni siya sa public transport, so kanang mga ingana ba. ”
“Not necessarily nga gi zero nimo nga didto sa bar nakuha. Dili pa gyud ingon nga concluding, but we don’t want to wait for this, because we can prevent this,” said the advisor.
The EOC warns establishments serving alcohol to follow sanitary protocols as the city will not tolerate violators.
Establishments that violate health protocols risk losing their special liquor permits and even business permits. / rcg
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