On June 29, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama signed a new executive order (EO) that allows all government-run schools and private educational institutions in Cebu City to fully conduct face-to-face lessons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new EO 164 will fully allow in-person classes at all levels with the condition that a minimum standard of public health procedure must be followed in schools. These include:
- Using of face masks
- Keeping a physical distance
- Taking students’ temperatures as they enter the building
- Often washing hands or using disinfectants
- Immediate reporting flu-like symptoms as soon as they appear
According to the city mayor, schools and universities should create their own policies to guarantee that lessons would be held in a safe and adequate accommodation capacity.
There are around 140 elementary and high school public schools in Cebu City.
Ten universities are expected to open their doors to students again anytime soon. These include the University of San Carlos, University of Cebu, Cebu Institute of Medicine, Velez College, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Don Bosco Technical College-Cebu, and Southwestern University.