The mandatory wearing of face masks in well-ventilated outdoor spaces has been lifted in Cebu.
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued the Executive Order No. 16 only mandating that masks be worn in closed air conditioned spaces. People exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, and runny nose are also required to wear masks when leaving their homes.
Copies of the EO were made available to members of the media as its direct order also took effect immediately.
Garcia’s statement read, “As a necessary step towards the new normal, there is a need to rationalize the requirement on wearing of masks.”
Even so, the provincial government advised the public to keep wearing face masks in crowded areas.
Cebu province remains under Alert Level 2 until June 15. Most parts of the country are under the most lenient Alert Level 1 status.