In Executive Order (EO) No. 11 issued by City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina, he ordered all open establishments providing basic necessities to practice stringent social distancing measures which is being implemented worldwide to slow down or stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The EO ordered establishments to ensure that customers maintain one-meter distance from each other; allow the entry of only one individual per household in the access of essential commodities; restrict the entry of customers when the one-meter distance requirement is not maintained; ensure the enforcement of strict screening protocols before the entry of customer, such as but not limited to temperature checking, sanitation practices; and practice regular disinfection procedures.
Establishments that are allowed to remain open and continue their operation despite of the enhanced community quarantine are those providing essential necessities such as those related to food and medicine production like public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, banks, money transfer services, power, energy, water, and telecommunication supplies and facilities.
Those related to food production such as but not limited to restaurants and carinderias shall only allow take out or delivery orders, provided that in the latter case, only one staff will deliver to the customer.
Relative to this, Mayor Medina also issued EO No. 10 enforcing stricter measures to manage the COVID-19 situation in the city to ensure public health and safety.
Among the social distancing measures listed in the EO are the prohibition of public gatherings, strict home quarantine, alternative working arrangements for employees of the city and suspension of mass public transport facilities until the risk of transmission has subsided.
For any COVID-19 concerns, residents can contact the City Health Office at (077) 722-6785 / 09171041803 / 09478923128. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)
By April M. Bravo