Mandatory Covid-19 tests for people with no masks

ROXAS CITY – Persons who are not wearing face masks and shields will be mandated to take reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests on their first offense.

The measure, authored by Councilor Cesar Yap Jr., was approved during the session of the city council on July 27.

Under the new policy, violators will be tested not more than a week from the time of their apprehension.

However, if the violators are 13 years old or younger, their parents or guardians will be fined P500 or they have to render eight hours of community service.

On the second offense, if the violation happened within 14 days when the first RT-PCR test was taken, a P500 fine would be meted, but if it happened after the first 14 days, then they have to take the Covid-19 test again.

For third and subsequent offenses, they still have to take again the test and pay the fine.

Yap said he proposed the initiative as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Roxas City.*