NAGA CITY – The Naga City Police Office (NCPO), in close coordination with the local government unit’s Health Emergency Response Task Force (HERTF), will intensify the campaign against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in food establishments, zeroing in on resto-bars that continue to offer liquor or allow liquor to be consumed within their premises despite the city’s modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status.
The plan was conveyed to newsmen on Wednesday by Lt. Col. Errol Garchitorena who was reassigned as NCPO deputy commander for administration. The Police Regional Office 5 ordered his reassignment after favorably considering the request of Mayor Nelson Legacion to send him back to this city from the regional headquarters to help in the execution of control measures and strategies that will further stop the transmission of virus.
The HERTF’s security cluster with Garchitorena as head is tasked to see to it that the minimum public health standards such as proper use of face masks (covering both nose and mouth) are strictly being implemented in public places.
The body shall ensure that inside establishments such as resto-bars, face masks shall not be removed by patrons when talking or singing and that other measures shall be strictly imposed including safe physical distancing, placement and maintenance of hand sanitation stations at entrances and exits, thorough disinfection of venues, facilities, and equipment after every use, and proper ventilation.
Garchitorena, in an interview on Wednesday, stressed that karaoke/KTV bars and clubs are still prohibited from operating under MGCQ.
“Based on Mayor Legacion’s executive order (EO 2021-008) which was issued on April 11, this year, concert halls, theaters, billiard halls, fairs/perya, kiddie rides, arcades, playgrounds, playrooms, and cockfighting are among those that need to cease operations while the city is under MGCQ,” he said.
However, food establishments like resto-bars will be allowed to operate on the condition that they will only serve non-alcoholic food and beverages.
The executive order also set limitations on the conduct of physical activities. Individual outdoor exercises such as outdoor walks, jogging, running, biking, playing tennis, badminton, and skateboarding are allowed within the general area of one’s residence. Any kind of contact sports is prohibited, however.
The operations of all private and public resorts in the city shall be at 50 percent capacity and shall be limited to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily including holidays. Overnight stay of guests is not allowed unless the resort is accredited by the Department of Tourism as an accommodation establishment.
Garchitorena said they will also strictly restrict individuals below 15 years old and over 65 years of age, as well as persons with comorbidity and pregnant women, from going to places frequented by the public.
“Under the mayor’s executive order, they are required to always remain in their residences except when accessing essential goods and services such as food and medicines, working in industries allowed to operate during MGCQ, visiting a place of worship or church in which the person is a member,” he added. (PNA)