Plastic barriers in shops part of new normal –DTI

Published April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By MB Online

Placing of plastic covers as barrier between the establishment and customers will now be part of the new normal, the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) said Wednesday.

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, in an interview with GMA News, said it was part of the added precautionary measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Yan ang magiging new normal para talagang may proteksyon ang ating kababayan, pati mga frontliners nung tindahan na ‘yon. ‘Yung cashier, ‘yung saleslady, hindi talaga sila ma-expose,” Lopez said.

Amalgamated Supermarket Association President Steven Cua, meanwhile, said that his group will comply once the order is officially released.

The DTI earlier said the adoption of minimum health standards should be the new protocol in business operations for the post-enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) scenario in the country.

The trade chief said that minimum health standards such as strict social distancing, wearing of face masks, presence of sanitation stations, taking body temperature, and provision of vitamins must always be observed in work and public areas.

He said that these strict measures must be practiced to minimize the health risk among workers as essential enterprises conduct their operations. (With reports from Richa Noriega)

 
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