Use of quarantine pass to continue in Parañaque under stricter GCQ

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Wednesday (Aug. 19) that the use of quarantine passes will still be enforced in the city amid a stricter implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ), and on  Thursday (Aug. 20) he signed an executive order setting forth the guidelines for dine-in restaurants.

Olivarez said Business Permit and  Licensing Office (BPLO) chief Melanie Malaya advised him that there is a need to prescribe the operational capacity of dining/ restaurant and other similar establishments under the GCQ. The guidelines are:

  • Restaurants and other similar establishments are allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity for dine-in during curfew hours.
  • Restaurants and other food services may operate 24 hours, provided that the operations shall  be confined to kitchen, maintenance, and food delivery services.
  • Liquor and other intoxicating beverages may be sold and bought within the city only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The serving of liquor and other intoxicating beverages in restaurants and similar establishments, and drinking in any public place, is still banned.

 He also enumerated other guidelines under the stricter GCQ in the city:

  • Only those with quarantine passes and authorized persons outside residences (APOR) are allowed to leave their homes.
  • Only one person per household may leave their residences, in an effort to limit the movement of people outside.
  • The use of face masks and face shields will be strictly implemented.
  • Curfew hours are from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Malls, carinderias, markets, sari-sari stores, and talipapa (small markets) may be open up to 6 p.m. only.
  • Only those with quarantine passes will be allowed to enter malls.
  • Market-goers will observe number coding: those with quarantine passes ending in 1 and 2 may go to the market on Monday, 3 and 4 on Tuesday, 5 and 6 on Thursday,  7 and 8 on Friday, and 9 and 0 on Saturday.

Olivarez said Wednesday is the disinfection day at the markets, and Sunday is for persons with disability (PWD) senior citizens, pregnant women, and frontliners. 

City Administrator lawyer Fernando Soriano said they anticipate the approval of a city ordinance to be enacted by the City Council on the mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields in the city. Once approved, the ordinance will be immediately implemented, and penalties imposed on violators.