It’s official: Wearing masks indoors, outdoors now voluntary

Daniza Fernandez 10/29/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Wearing face masks in indoor and outdoor settings is now voluntary. Executive Order (EO) No. 7, allowing the optional face mask use and reiterating the continued implementation of public health emergency amid the COVID-19…

To mask or not to mask

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/13/2022

I recently stumbled on a YouTube post showing a government press conference. Sitting shoulder to shoulder were several officials to be interviewed. None had masks on. It was a classic example of a common misconception around COVID-19…

Octa: Voluntary face mask rule may not affect COVID numbers in first few weeks

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 09/08/2022

MANILA, Philippines —The number of Covid-19 cases won’t be affected in the first few weeks should the government make face masks worn outdoors voluntarily, a fellow independent pandemic monitor Octa Research Group said Thursday. Dr. Butch Ong…

Cebu City officials welcome IATF decision on optional use of face masks nationwide

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 09/08/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Officials of the Cebu City government have welcomed the national government’s decision to make wearing of face masks voluntary in open spaces nationwide, which can be seen as a significant policy change as…

Face mask to be optional when outdoors nationwide

Jerome Aning, Kathleen de Villa - @inquirerdotnet 09/08/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The government has decided to make the wearing of face masks voluntary in open spaces nationwide, a major policy shift to relax COVID-19 protocols as the country transitions to the “new normal” of treating…

DILG seeks adjustments to Cebu’s optional rule on masking outdoors

Christia Marie Ramos 06/13/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is seeking adjustments to the executive order earlier issued by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in order to align its provisions with the national face mask…

DOT-7 urges LGUs to focus on wellness, medical tourism, outdoor activities

Futch Anthony Inso 10/20/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Tourism in Central Visayas (DOT-7) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) in the region to venture into wellness and medical tourism, as well as outdoor activities. DOT-7 regional director Shalimar Tamano said…

Sun draws many out in US, Europe; Russia virus numbers grow

AP 05/03/2020

NEW YORK  — Gorgeous spring weather across the United States and Europe on Saturday drew people cooped up inside for weeks outside to soak in the sun, even as additional coronavirus hot spots in Russia and Pakistan…

The beauty of loving and living the outdoors

Immae Lachica 03/10/2020

  CEBU CITY, Philippines– Set aside your fear of bugs and the dark and try being in the outdoors. And you will be surprised at the many wonderful things that you and I will surely enjoy when…

Cebu group can help outdoor enthusiasts survive in the wild

Immae Lachica 08/06/2019

Cebu City, Philippines—Do you love the great outdoors but are scared to venture out your comfort zone for safety reasons? A group in Cebu can help you out. The Cebu Outdoor Enthusiasts is a group composed of…

Blackouts, power outages to hit Mactan on Holy Week

Victor Anthony V. Silva 03/28/2017

Amid the impending power interruptions on Mactan Island this Holy Week, tour operators were told to make necessary adjustments to lessen the impact on visitors. Alice Queblatin, president of the Cebu Association of Tour Operations Specialists (Catos),…

Kikay goes outdoors

Mia B. Zamora 03/02/2016

SUFFICE it to say I am not, nor have I ever been, nor did I ever want to become, an outdoorsy person. My life has been happily and comfortably spent mostly in the confines of my house,…

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