By Nel Andrade
TAYTAY, Rizal — As the entire town and the rest of the localities in the province are gearing towards the shift from Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine starting on May 16, the local government here reminds the public that restrictions will still be in placed to ensure the safety of the public.
Mayor George Ricardo Gacula told Manila Bulletin that changes in the policies that will be implemented in the entire town for the duration of the GCQ from May 16 to May 31, will be tailor-fit for the town.
Easing of the restrictions will be gradual to make sure that there will be no room for the virus to further spread.
Gacula said among the measures that will still be strictly implemented even on GCQ are the 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew for all residents, the mandatory wearing of face protection, the display of quarantine pass at all times, and the physical distancing measures in all places.
The public market will still be following the “color coding” scheme with market-goers only allowed on certain days of the week to ensure that physical distancing will still be practiced.
Malls, although allowed to open under GCQ, will be required to maintain a certain number of shoppers at a given time and the temperature set to be warmer to prevent shoppers from staying longer.
Gacula said the members of the Sangguniang Bayan had a session Thursday, May 14, afternoon to craft the specific policies and measures that the town will be implementing for the duration of the GCQ days.
The municipal government has also ordered local business establishments including those in the garment industry to submit its respective plans for approval of the local authorities to make sure that guidelines set by the National IATF will be followed.
Tricycle fare will be set at P25 per ride for the entire town regardless of the distance with only one passenger allowed for every tricycle. A plastic cover to separate the passenger and the driver will be required to be installed in the tricycle.
Although the giving of Social Amelioration Program cash aid will no longer be implemented in GCQ areas, the local government assured the poorest of the poor residents that giving of assistance of food packs will still continue.
Gacula said announcements about the guidelines that the people are expected to follow during the GCQ will be released soon.
The town recorded 51 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases including one new confirmed case as of 10:00 p.m of May 13. Three new recoveries were also recorded bringing to 17 the total number of those who recovered.