The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) inspected a number of private establishments in cities of Mandaluyong and San Juan at the start of the pilot implementation of the COVID 19 Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region.
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, with San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos, inspected restaurants, salons, and other establishments in Greenhills Shopping Center and SM Megamall to check their compliance to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) guidelines under the Alert Level 4.
During the inspection, the officials installed “100% Fully Vaccinated” stickers at the entrance of establishments whose employees have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are satisfied with the private establishments’ compliance to the guidelines for the Alert Level system piloted in Metro Manila. Despite the short notice to the mayors, they all delivered,” said Abalos on his assessment on the first day of the pilot implementation of the Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila.
The inspection focused on the three Cs – closed space like restaurants; close contact which includes personal care services like salons, and crowded space like churches.
“With the opening of establishments, we must ensure that transmission of COVID-19 is prevented and everyone is safe from the virus.”
“With the opening of establishments, we must ensure that transmission of COVID-19 is prevented and everyone is safe from the virus,” the traffic chief said.
Under Level 4, outdoor or alfresco dine-in services in restaurants are allowed to operate at 30% capacity, regardless of customers’ vaccination status while indoor dine-in services may be allowed at 10 percent capacity, only for fully vaccinated individuals.
Personal care services limited to barbershops, hair spas, nail spas, and beauty salons are allowed to operate at 30%, if these services are conducted outdoors, regardless of customers’ vaccination status while indoor services are at 10 percent capacity, only for fully vaccinated persons.
The traffic head appealed to the public to cooperate and follow the rules and regulations enforced under the alert level 4 and granular lockdown in the region “to ensure that the pilot implementation in NCR will be successful”.
He also lauded the zeal of the local chief executives in Metro Manila in ensuring the orderly implementation of the rules in accordance with IATF-EID guidelines issued for the enforcement of the quarantine alert level system.
“We have coordinated with all concerned agencies for the provision of the food supply.”
“We have coordinated with all concerned agencies like the Philippine National Police, for the enforcement of rules on the ground, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the provision of the food supply, etc.” Abalos said.
The DSWD will assist the LGUs in giving food packs for residents affected by two-week granular lockdowns.
Meanwhile, Zamora and Mayor Abalos said they are thankful to the national government’s efforts and the IATF for the opening of business establishments and other activities.
Aside from the vaccination cards, Mayor Abalos said business owners require their workers to possess government issued-identification cards.