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From this story I can understand issues with 2 or 3 year olds not wearing a mask but most over that age with a parent should be able to control the child's wearing habits.

Duterte, Cebu City police: Ban kids under 12 from malls

CEBU City police on Tuesday called for children under 12 years old to be barred from entering malls following reports that a two-year-old had tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the capital after the government allowed minors to enter malls.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy city director for operations of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said the CCPO would make a recommendation to the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to this effect, and that the Cebu City Government, through the EOC, was already crafting plans to avoid putting children at risk.

The call comes after President Rodrigo Duterte himself called on local government units (LGUs) in the country Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 to pass ordinances that will restrict the access of unvaccinated minors to malls and other public places.

Parilla said most children, especially those as young as two years old, do not wear face masks when they enter the mall, which puts them at risk of getting infected with the coronavirus especially since they are unvaccinated.

He said young children tended not to wear their masks properly “because usually children, especially toddlers, don’t like to wear masks so they remove them,” which is unfortunate since they are in the unvaccinated age group, making them prone to catching the virus.

The vaccination of minors in Cebu City began last Oct. 29, but only those aged 12 to 17 have been cleared to get the Covid-19 vaccines.

Parilla urged parents not to bring infants or very young children to malls since this will only endanger their health. Parents have been observed bringing babies and toddlers in strollers.

They will also consult with the legal division of the Police Regional Office 7 on whether parents could be held accountable if they insist on entering the mall with their children.

On Tuesday afternoon, Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the EOC, told SunStar that EOC officials would meet with medical experts, particularly in infectious disease, to examine whether it is appropriate to allow the entry of minors in malls.

Garganera said they are now considering implementing an age limit on the entry of minors who are unvaccinated.

Garganera’s statement follows the call of Visayas Vaccination Operations Center spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche to LGUs to study the matter.

Garganera said they will formulate guidelines for this amid concerns that unvaccinated children will be infected with Covid-19.

But they will do so through a consultation with health experts and the concerned sectors.

In his Talk to the People Address aired online Monday night, Duterte said the government cannot allow those below 12 years old and those still unvaccinated to be exposed to the risk of getting Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

“I am calling all local government units to consider passing ordinances for age restriction among minors who can be allowed to go to the malls,” Duterte said.

He reminded the public that Covid-19 remains a health threat, but it can be defeated by continuing to observe the minimum health protocols and by ramping up the vaccination.

Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles clarified Tuesday, Nov. 16, that LGUs still have the discretion to restrict minors depending on the situations on the ground.

“The call of President Duterte is for LGUs to consider depending on the situation on the ground, depending on the realities on the ground because different LGUs have different present circumstances when it comes to the number of Covid cases. They have the discretion to analyze, study and consider the call of President Duterte that perhaps an ordinance can be passed to limit the entry of unvaxxed minors to malls,” he said.


Misa de Gallo


Meanwhile, Parilla said they will meet with church officials in the coming weeks to discuss security for the Misa de Gallo.

If it is decided that the Misa de Gallo will take place amid the pandemic, the CCPO will suggest to the church officials that only those vaccinated against Covid-19 be allowed to attend.

He said the CCPO will make the proposal since the holding of the Misa de Gallo is different from the holding of regular masses on other days of the year due to the larger crowds that these masses in the lead-up to Christmas tend to draw.

“It will still be difficult (for police to control the situation) considering that the church has a very large range,” he said.

Parilla expressed hope that by the time the Misa de Gallo begins, many more Cebuanos will have been vaccinated so that people’s lives can return to normal by the time the Christmas season is underway.

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1913353/Cebu/Local-News/Duterte-Cebu-City-police-Ban-kids-under-12-from-malls

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6 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

EOC officials would meet with medical experts, particularly in infectious disease, to examine whether it is appropriate to allow the entry of minors in malls.

Well now there's a great idea.

Sure beats making your own expertise up as you go along. :rolleyes:

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7 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

a two-year-old had tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the capital after the government allowed minors to enter malls.

over reaction IMHO, 1 kid out of the 100,000s that went to the mall. And with the piss poor contact tracing, how can they be certain that he/she got it there...

I am SURE,,,the parents told the whole truth and nothing but the truth to authorities.

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It's got me buggered why they carry on about masks, face shields and minors. Stop and have a look at footage of TV stories, in every story you can pick out more than a handful of people with their masks down below their nostrils, face shields folded above their heads, and in the few bits of footage I've seen, the kids have been well behaved hanging onto their parents hand with masks and shield in place. I'm starting to think there trying to milk the cow for sympathy and money. Their procedure in handling this pandemic is as useful as tits on a bull. :508:

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Now you can enter now you cant....the rules today are as follows, however the rules TOMORROW.. well they could be totally different again.

Its not the we, the all powerful  dont know what we doing , its just that we like making random changes to keep everyone guessing.  So far we are definitely succeeding at that.

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6 hours ago, scott h said:

And with the piss poor contact tracing, how can they be certain that he/she got it there...

Here in Cebu the register at shops and supermarkets has disappeared so no tracing or at least where l have been.

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1 hour ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

so no tracing or at least where l have been.

If those were any good anyway............After the first few weeks, I started filling those out as Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Winston churchhill, Jose Ramos, and General Yamashita........they were never even looked at.

When we got the c19, a couple of young men came to the gate, asked if we had it. Asked for my facebook account and left. Since they were not on my friends list I did not see their message with a questionnaire until we had recovered.

 

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3 minutes ago, scott h said:

f those were any good anyway............After the first few weeks, I started filling those out as Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Winston churchhill, Jose Ramos, and General Yamashita.......

Ive maintained a fairly consistent approach.. Harry Prince or Prince Harry but occasionally Harry Pratt or Pratt Prince.

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I have no problem getting in to the mall. It's the Tourettes that can cause a bit of a 'commotion'.  :unsure:

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Seems the plan has dropped but they came up with a new one for Cebu city

Cebu City bans kids 15 and below in supermarkets

CEBU CITY – To sustain the gains in containing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the city government here has disallowed children 15 years old and below from entering supermarkets and grocery stores starting on Monday (November 22).

Councilor Joel Garganera, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) head, said in a radio interview Thursday that the city government will issue a directive that will formalize the recommendation of the local Inter-Agency Task Force that was agreed upon during a meeting with supermarket and grocery store owners on Wednesday.

Garganera said there is no distinction whether such minor is vaccinated or not, stressing that children should not be exposed to the harm brought by the coronavirus.

The vaccination rollout for children and adolescents 12 to 17 years old started in Cebu last Monday.

Garganera said due to the limited space in grocery stores and supermarkets, people tend to jam-pack these establishments, adding that the only way to lessen the crowd size is to leave children outside.

The EOC, he said, has noted that closed and crowded establishments are among the primary venues of Covid-19 transmission next to households.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, Cebu City Health Department chief, said the city government will look for more inoculation sites for the pediatric population.

The city currently has two vaccination sites for minors -- at the Southwestern University Phinma and Robinsons Cybergate in the North Reclamation Area. (PNA)

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1160164

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