'No vaccine, no entry' in Cebu City establishments starting Jan. 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — Unvaccinated individuals will be prohibited from entering all indoor and outdoor establishments in Cebu City beginning next year.

Mayor Michael Rama said Friday the new directive, which takes effect Jan. 1, aims to fast-track the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the city. It covers both public and private establishments.

"All establishments, institutions, and entities must check and require the presentation of vaccination and identification [cards] of all [their] clients or customers upon entry," Rama said.

"Further, [they] are enjoined to disseminate information that they will only cater [and] allow entry and access to fully vaccinated clients and individuals," he added.

The directive, signed on Dec. 1, also shortened curfew hours to midnight until 3:00 a.m. from the previous 11:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

In-person Christmas parties will be allowed, but all participants should be fully vaccinated. They must also strictly comply with the allowed capacity in the respective venue.

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Rama said the city government will start a regular assessment of its vaccination numbers, as he reminded residents to get their COVID-19 shots.

"This administration means business. We will open all as long as everyone is vaccinated," he said.

The Cebu City mayor will issue an executive order on Dec. 29 to reinforce the directive.

CNN Philippines' stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report.