Tuesday, 10 November 2020 16:31

Moreno: Comply with health protocols for safety, not fear of penalties

Written by Stephen Capillas
Moreno: Comply with health protocols for safety, not fear of penalties Screengrab photos by Stephen Capillas
The public should realize that stringent compliance to minimum public health protocols is required for their safety and not because they would be penalized for violating them, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said Tuesday (Nov. 10).
‘We should change our mindset by focusing (on our health and safety) and not on regulations. Holding parties is mentioned under ‘mass gatherings’ by the national government in its regulations but how do you define a party? Assuming one says that government should ban parties with more than 10 people, can you say that there won’t be any infection if fewer than 10 people are attending?,’ Mayor Moreno said.
Mayor Moreno said during Tuesday noon’s press briefing that more than anything it is the people and not the government alone that can prevent the spread and protect their loved ones from COVID-19 infection by strictly complying with minimum health protocols. ‘Time will come when there won’t be any need for restricting movement because the people (know what to do and) can handle themselves,’ Mayor Moreno said.
Mayor Moreno said this in response to queries from local media on whether parties will be prohibited in order to contain and stop the spread of COVID-19 infection. Rather than being conscious on the penalties, Mayor Moreno said the people should be concerned about complying with minimum health protocols for their safety and their loved ones’s welfare.
City Health Office (CHO) resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya Jr. said the Department of Health (DOH) issued guidelines to the public on celebrating the holidays safely which include minimizing face-to-face contact to less than 15 minutes, physical distancing when eating, avoiding karaoke singing and ordering packaged meals instead of buffets to avoid contact, among others.