CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The city government here has sought the support of the business sector in the implementation of strict health protocols amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
On Saturday, Mayor Edwin Santiago asked mall managers, business establishment owners, event place owners, and restaurant owners to observe strict health and safety standards within their premises.
“Gusto natin nakabukas tayo araw-araw (We want to be in operations everyday) but we have to find ways to balance our economy and response against Covid-19. Muling tumataas ‘yung (There is another surge in) cases hindi lang sa (not just in) San Fernando but in the whole country so there is really a need to heighten our health response,” Santiago wrote on social media.
“Help us. Help the City manage the situation by being on top with us. Ayaw natin bumalik sa dati. Ayaw natin (We don’t want a repeat. We don’t want another) lockdown ulit kasi (because) it will immobilize us again. Kaya magsama-sama tayo at magtulungan sa ‘di pa rin natatapos na labang ito (Let’s come together and work together in this unending battle),” the mayor added.
Dr. Carlos Mercado, officer-in-charge of the City Health Office (CHO), cited common violations of establishments.
“Age restrictions. Sa loob ng (Inside) establishments, mahigpit pa rin po nating ipinagbabawal ang mga bata at matatanda. Sa inspections namin, ito po ang naging (it is still strictly prohibited to let children and the elderly in so these are) common violations. Huwag po kayong matatakot o mapapagod mag-remind sa mga customers ninyo na isuot ang kanilang face mask at face shield. Kung tumanggi sila, pwede ninyong palabasin (Don’t be afraid or get tired reminding your customers to wear their face masks and face shields. If they refuse, you can ask them to go out),” Mercado said.
For the safe conduct of public events, he said all mass gatherings will need to pass through the Incident Management Team (IMT) for clearance.
“We still discourage illegitimate mass gatherings. All mass gatherings dapat mag-secure muna po sila ng (must first secure) permit or clearance from the IMT. Ito ay para ma-regulate po nang maayos at ligtas ang mga pagtitipon and walang ma-breach na protocols (This is to regulate the gatherings properly and safely and without breach of protocols) especially in the imposition of 50 percent capacity,” Mercado added.
In the past few days, CHO recorded that most Covid-19 infections come from unregulated and illegitimate mass gatherings.
On Friday, 31 new cases brought the total number of cases to 1,971 and the active ones to 200. Recoveries are at 1,684 while deaths have reached 87. (PNA)