- GILBERT BAYORAN
The mandatory wearing of face masks inside government offices in Cadiz City may be lifted next week, said Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr..
Escalante issued an executive order April 17 for the mandatory wearing of face masks at the Cadiz City Hall, after two department heads tested positive for COVID-19.
The one-week contact tracing of employees under the two department heads, however, yielded a negative result as none of them experienced symptoms of the viral infection.
Escalante raised the possibility that the infection of the two department heads originated from visitors residing outside Cadiz, who recently visited the City Hall.
The mayor, however, still enjoins Cadiznons, especially those with comorbidities, to remain vigilant and to wear face masks in public places.
“This is one way of reminding the people that COVID-19 is still with us, although not potent as before,” Escalante said.
The wearing of face masks is now optional nationwide, except in hospitals and other healthcare facilities./GB