DILG to LGUs: Junk 'window hours,' rethink strategies in fighting COVID-19

Published March 26, 2020, 3:40 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Chito Chavez

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday said that to impose “window hours” will only gather crowds in markets and defeat the purpose of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) where social distancing is strictly imposed.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año
(PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Año urged local government units (LGUs) instead to rethink their strategies in combating the novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

He insisted the LGUs should do away with the “window hours” to avoid attracting large groups of market goers during those times.

Año said the DILG has received numerous reports that some LGUs had issued directives that restricted the operation of public and private markets in a bid to control people’s movement and observe social distancing.

He noted that people should be allowed 12 hours to purchase their basic essentials while observing social distancing.

The DILG also said some LGUs had set the market window hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. while others set it at 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Despite the implementation of the window hours, some markets are still fully-packed at certain times of the day.

 
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