By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
As the local government of Valenzuela prepares for the ‘new normal,’ it wants its city hall employees to still look “professional” even while strictly observing quarantine protocols.
Because of this, the city government is distributing color-coded “standard face masks” to its employees to match their uniforms, as well as “standard” plastic lunch boxes to avoid sharing of utensils during meal time.
“As the city government of Valenzuela resumes its full operations on June 1, new normal protocols [will be] implemented such as wearing of face masks which will be part of the employees’ uniform and lunch box or bring your baon [own meal] or eat alone policy to lessen the convergence during lunch break,” the local government said.
The city hall canteen will also not offer dine-in services as a safety measure against catching SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it added.
According to Mayor Rex Gatchalian, there will be rules to follow during lunch breaks. In a Twitter post, he said that these include:
“1. Eat by yourself on your desk
2. No sharing — galit galit muna [act as if you do not like each other other to be] para safe and no contamination
3. Eat only within the box content, no additional Tupperware…This is not a picnic.”
“New normal pero professional pa din [but employees will still look professional]. No more social interactions during lunch break muna [in the meantime],” he added.