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THE city government has reiterated that non-essential mass gatherings are still prohibited even when the classification of the city for the entire month is lowered to General Community Quarantine (GCQ). 

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of the COVID-19 Task Force, urged the public not to be complacent and continue to practice steps necessary to curb the spread of the virus.

“Although we are under GCQ status, bawal gihapon ang mga high risk nga activities such as social gatherings,” saidi Schlosser as the city government reported that the city has been placed on a moderate risk classification since October 3. The city was previously placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

This developed as the city government has called on event organizers to review government guidelines on events.

Regina Rosa Tecson, head of the City Tourism Operations Office, said the office and the private sector have worked to prepare the guidelines on holding of events in limited capacity.

“We are hoping na atin pong organizers at yun pong gusto mag-organize ng social events like personally-walang organizers-basahin ninyo na lang ang guidelines na nasa City Tourism Facebook Page at Davao City website,” said Tecson in a press statement.

Among the key requirements include an event notice for those social events like debut and birthday parties, wedding and other similar activities, while a special mayor’s permit is required in holding events under the Meeting Incentives Conference Event (MICE) sector.

 Schlosser said the data shows that the city’s implementation on the ground is effective, however, this should not be a reason for complacency. 

“Dili ni siya naga encourage sa katawhan nga magpabaya na ta, magkumpyansa na ta. Dili na ta magpabakuna, dili na ta magfollow og minimum public health standards. Padayon gihapon atoang lakang in terms of health protection sa mga tao, padayon gihapon atong pagtawag sa mga katawhan to follow public health standards,” she said.

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