Delivery, take-out, drive-thru services allowed in Navotas during curfew hours

Published August 28, 2020, 1:33 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco has signed an executive order allowing the delivery, take-out and drive-thru services of restaurants, cafés, eateries and other similar establishments to operate within curfew hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. under the general community quarantine.

Only authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) are qualified for take-out and delivery service.  Dine-in services are not allowed during curfew hours.

“There is still demand for food services during curfew hours from those who work at night. These include doctors, nurses, other health personnel, ambulance drivers, call center agents, security guards and workers at Navotas Fish Port Complex,” Tiangco said in issuing the order.

Tiangco likewise signed another executive order, establishing a policy regarding the use of home quarantine passes.

Markets, groceries and convenience stores should check and require their customers’ home quarantine passes before allowing entry. Only those who are allowed outside their homes based on their schedules can enter these establishments.

“Food establishments need to strictly implement social distancing and other safety protocols, as well as conduct thorough and regular sanitation and disinfection during operation,” the local government added.

Tiangco said the order “will help prevent overcrowding and ensure social distancing in such places” as “people are not always mindful of keeping their distance while inside markets, groceries, or convenience stores.”

The local government said some of the city’s confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients were infected after going to the market and grocery stores. The city’s Contact Tracing Team also noted high probability of virus transmission in these places.