By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Quezon City residents will be prevented from hoarding goods amid the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila.
Furthermore, the City government also instructed barangay authorities to issue quarantine passes during ECQ which will be effective from August 6 to 20, 2021.
To avoid panic buying, the Quezon City government will limit the number of goods a person can purchase during ECQ based on the newest guidelines signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte.
The Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) is authorized to implement Ordinance No. SP-2948 S-2020 or “Regulating the Selling of Basic Necessities During Calamities.”
“We have to impose limits to avoid panic buying and hoarding that may lead to supply problems and could prevent other citizens from purchasing the needs of their families during the ECQ,” said Belmonte.
“Mas mabuti na ngayon pa lang ay nakalatag na ang polisiyang ito upang magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang lahat na makabili ng kanilang pangangailangan (It is better that this policy is implemented now to give others a chance to buy their own needs.),” she added.
Under the said Ordinance, buying of sardines is limited to five cans per brand per person while other canned goods like corned beef and meatloaf will be set to 10 cans per brand per person.
The local chief executive somehow assured her people that there will be a food supply in Quezon City while the delivery of relief packs will remain unhampered during ECQ.
The latest order, which will be effective at midnight of August 6 (Friday), sets public safety hours from 8 pm to 4 am in accordance with the standards set by the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
During that period, only Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs), workers, and those who have vaccination schedules are allowed to go out.
Belmonte also ordered the revival of quarantine passes to be issued by the barangay to no more than one person per household, favorably to a person who is vaccinated and those who do not have an APOR ID.
Dine-in is not allowed in restaurants and fast food chains but they may provide take-out or delivery services any time, even during public safety hours.
Belmonte also imposed a liquor ban, alongside the halting of operation of personal care services namely; barbershops, nail spas, salons.
In line with this, Mayor Belmonte authorized essential businesses which operate indoor facilities, these are supermarkets, groceries stores, and the like, to limit their capacity and guarantee that there will be social distance for at least two meters per person.
Businesses that are allowed to operate should strictly issue the Kyusi Pass digital contact tracing method, a renter inside an establishment should also have its own KyusiPass contact tracing log, establishments, institutions are required to give their QR Code scanners as authorized under Kyusi Pass Ordinance.
All types of public transportation are allowed to operate, but commuters must have physical distance and tricycles shall only carry one person, as an exception, e-trikes, and other vehicles with larger capacities should have one seat apart.
Under the latest regulation, no home quarantine shall be allowed for confirmed cases and symptomatic close-contacts, they will be transferred to hospitals, HOPE community facilities, barangay isolation facility, and national government-accredited isolation hotels.
As a substitute measure to stop the coming exhaustion of quarantine capacity, Belmonte said the City government may declare an improved Special Concern Lockdown over the concerned residence, or authorize the accommodation as a temporary isolation facility, to be inspected by health authorities.
Domestic, housing and commercial construction are allowed, given that workers are housed on-site and practice strict compliance with minimum health protocols.
All returning overseas workers shall finish the said quarantine period set by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). ai/mtvn