Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has shortened the curfew hours in the city as it reverts to general community quarantine (GCQ).
Under Executive Order No. 55-B, the curfew hours in the city will be from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. from the current 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. effective November 20 until December 31 this year.
Duterte-Carpio said the shortening of curfew is due to the city’s returning to GCQ from November 19 to 30, as announced by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“Some establishments are allowed to only have 50 to 75% occupancy, so there js a need to extend their operating hours that is why we shortened the curfew,” she said.
The curfew is implemented to pre-empt the increase of cases due to after-work non-essential activities, especially during the Christmas season.
Among those exempted from the curfew are all government workers who are on duty during curfew; all private offices and establishments employees who time in and time out of work within the curfew hours including their drivers, this shall mean to include their travel to and from their residence; and medical doctors and veterinarians who need to work.
The EO also reiterates that individuals who are inspected on the streets or stopped in checkpoints are required to present an employee’s ID of an establishment operating within the curfew hours.
The curfew shall cover only individuals but offices, establishments, places of worship, and other institutions are encouraged to adjust their operating hours.
Also, all videoke and karaoke inside private property shall be prohibited from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day. The Purok Leader can require police assistance at any time of the day to turn off a videoke/karaoke, if the sound volume has become disruptive to the neighbors of the owner of the machine/equipment.
All public venues and establishments that do not have a business permit to operate as a videoke, karaoke, or sing-along place are prohibited to operate their equipment 24 hours a day.