Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Alfred Romualdez Facebook page)

TACLOBAN CITY – The city government here has reminded residents to follow minimum health standards during Christmas celebrations since the battle against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is not yet over.

Mayor Alfred Romualdez admitted that although parties in offices are banned this Yuletide season, some families and friends will still gather to celebrate in their homes.

“This time, I know there will be reunions and gathering. Please bear in mind to keep safe. Make this a memorable, enjoyable holiday, a time to count our blessings, and also take some time to also pray for those who are less fortunate,” Romualdez told reporters on Thursday.

Covid-19 cases in the city are now manageable and controlled, the mayor said.

As of Dec. 1, the city has 1,056 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 1,003 recoveries and 16 deaths. There are only 37 remaining active cases.

City health officer Gloria Fabregas said the city government is now quicker in doing contact tracing and identifying people who are possibly infected by the virus.

“We make sure that all positives are transferred to our facility, especially if there are pregnant women and vulnerable person in their homes,” Fabregas said.

The city remains under the general community quarantine (GCQ) status until Dec. 31. Under Executive Order (EO) No. 2020-11-044, the city government prohibits all forms of face-to-face Christmas caroling, including Christmas parties or social gatherings.

Under the EO, the public is urged to follow the minimum health protocols imposed by the health department which includes wearing face masks, face shields, and observing physical distancing when in a public place.

The QR code is still mandatory when entering offices, establishments like malls, and other industries within the city’s jurisdiction. (PNA)