Baguio City, which is currently under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), will ease COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday, August 31. According to an advisory issued by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, mall schedules will be suspended, and mall and market passes will no longer be required to enter private commercial establishments. The city mayor notes, however, that “entry into the Public Market will still be according to our assigned district schedules until further notice.”
“As of today, August 29, 2020, we have 79 active cases in the city,” wrote Magalong in the said advisory. “This comes as a result of our aggressive expanded testing in various sectors. Not only is this an indication of places and industries with high risk and high exposure, it also serves as a reminder to us to not let our guards down.
“The battle is not yet over. We must forge on by learning to live with this virus. I understand that one needs food for sustenance, but we cannot count out the positive effects of physical activity, and the company of friends and family. Which is why, once again, we will try to ease up on restrictions within the city.
The mayor clarified that residents—including senior citizens—may go out to access essential goods and services, or for purposes of work. “But in keeping with previous advisories, greater care should be afforded to senior citizens and immunocompromised persons, to ensure that they have minimal exposure to health risks.”
Additionally, the temporary liquor ban will be lifted on Tuesday, September 1. However, Magalong reminds residents to drink responsibly and to refrain from sharing glasses and utensils. “Socialize, but do so with social distancing…”
The city mayor added, “we cannot control COVID-19, but we can certainly control how we react and respond to it.”
As of August 29, 2020, Baguio City has a total of 334 reported cases of COVID-19.