Negative COVID-19 test required for Lapu-Lapu mall goers

Mitchelle Palaubsanon - The Philippine Star

CEBU, Philippines — A negative antigen test is required for unvaccinated people entering malls in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu starting today.

Vaccinated individuals who fail to bring their vaccination cards will also be barred from entering malls in the city.

Mayor Junard Chan is set to issue an executive order on the new requirements. He gave assurance that the city government would shoulder the cost of rapid antigen testing.

Chan said minors would be allowed to enter malls provided they wear face masks and are accompanied by their parents who have been vaccinated or whose antigen test turned out negative.

He said toddlers who cannot wear face masks are barred in malls.

Chan said more marshals would be deployed in commercial centers to accost those found not observing minimum health protocols.

The Department of Health (DOH) had earlier said Lapu-Lapu might be placed under Alert Level 3 due to increasing COVID-19 cases.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a press briefing on Monday that the city was at moderate risk for infections. – /The Freeman

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