By Jhon Casinas
Business establishments in Marikina City were ordered to implement stringent health and safety protocols as the National Capital Region (NCR) transitioned to general community quarantine (GCQ) on Monday.
Mayor Marcelino Teodoro signed Executive Order No. 22, Series of 2020 on Friday, which sets the proper health and safety measures that businesses, industries, and establishments in Marikina should enforce as part of the “new normal” amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Mahalagang masunod lahat ng new protocols sa mga establisyemento para masiguradong COVID-free ang kanilang workplaces (It is important to follow all the new protocols in the establishments to ensure their workplaces are COVID-free),” Teodoro said in a statement.
“Kailangang masunod nang maigi ang safety protocols under the new normal (Safety protocols under the new normal must be strictly followed),” he added.
Among the safety measures stated in the order, were the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places and the strict observance of physical distancing.
All individuals entering the establishments must also undergo temperature checks. “Individuals with a temperature of 37.6 degrees celsius and above shall not be allowed to enter the establishment.”
Moreover, the local government urged businesses to provide hand sanitizers and hand washing stations near their entrance and exit points, as well as regular disinfection of establishments.
All businesses must post signages informing its employees to observe proper health and safety protocols, such as social distancing, sanitizing and hand washing.
Under the measure, establishments should also conduct regular health checks for their employees. Businesses are also enjoined to hire workers from the local community in order to limit the movement of people within the city.
As Metro Manila further eases its quarantine measure, Teodoro said local government units and the private sectors should work together in preparing for the “new normal” and primarily take into account the health and safety of their employees.
The mayor earlier said that the real challenge now of local governments “is to balance biosafety concerns and the viability of the local economy.”