Cebu face mask policy now an approved ordinance

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Cebu (CNN Philippines, June 14)— The Cebu Provincial Board has approved an ordinance adopting Governor Gwen Garcia’s executive order (EO) which eases the face mask requirements in the province.

A special session – called by Garcia herself – was conducted by the board on Tuesday to cover the approval of the ordinance.

The governor had certified the measure as "urgent."

Under the new ordinance, wearing of face masks will only be required in enclosed areas, air-conditioned spaces, or in crowded places. Individuals will also be mandated to wear one if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

Wearing of masks will be optional outdoors and in well-ventilated areas.

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With the passage of the ordinance, Provincial Board Member John Ismael Borgonia said there will no longer be any basis for the police to arrest people not wearing masks.

He added that if there are challenges to the validity of the ordinance, they should be filed before the proper court.

The new ordinance will be effective 15 days after publication in a newspaper.