CALOOCAN CITY, May 27 (PIA) -- San Juan City local government unit (LGU) has prepared local businesses in transitioning to 'new normal' by implementing city health protocols.
"San Juan is already prepared regardless of any form of community quarantine that may be implemented by the Inter Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF EID) by June 1," Mayor Francisco Zamora said in a television interview on Monday, May 25.
On May 18, 2020, Zamora issued Executive Order # 39 identifying a minimum localized guidelines under the 'new normal' for the City of San Juan.
The EO identifies businesses and sectors allowed to operate under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) with 100% or 50% employees' capacity onsite. The order also identifies those businesses that are not allowed to operate under MECQ.
"For businesses to reopen, they must submit their return-to-work plans, certificate of compliance and must follow all the medical protocols indicated," Zamora said.
The mayor recently met with the business sector in San Juan to ensure that everyone complies with EO 39 and ask them to get their Certificate of Compliance as a pre requisite in reopening their businesses.
"Whether we continue with MECQ or shift to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), what is important is we are ready to slowly transition into the new normal," Zamora said
We really have to start transitioning not just for ourselves but also for the business sector, Zamora added.
Zamora said they have conducted an ocular inspection at Greenhills Shoppng Mall, the biggest shopping center in San Juan, to ensure that they comply to the guidelines prior to the opening of their stores.
"Stringent measures are in place because we want to strike a balance between health and safety of our people and the health of the economy," Zamora said.
Meanwhile, San Juan has reported no new COVID-19 cases and deaths for two consecutive days from May 22 and 23.
"All the interventions that we've been doing both medical and social are bearing positive results, but this is not still the time to relax continue to work hard and follow all the protocols," Zamora said.
As of May 26, San Juan recorded 312 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 43 deaths and 144 patients who recorded from the disease. (PIA-NCR)