Congresswoman Lani Cayetano has issued a statement about the closing of a high-end restaurant at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig where TV host Raymond Gutierrez reportedly held his birthday party despite the pandemic.
On Facebook, Rep. Lani said that she supports the decision of their city to close down an establishment for violating IATF rules.
Her full post:
“I support the decision of our City to close down an establishment for violating IATF rules.
“We must strictly adhere to health and safety protocols for our and our families’ safety.
“A ‘negative’ test result is NOT a ticket to socialize without precautions and disregard minimum health protocols. A test result detects the virus at one point in time. It only means that COVID-19 IS UNDETECTED AT THE TIME AND PLACE YOU WERE SWABBED. You may be infected hours or days after taking the test – in effect becoming carriers of the virus without you even knowing. Or worse, you may already be infected but the virus is still in its incubation period (or that time between one’s exposure to the virus and the onset of symptoms), which according to the World Health Organization, is from 5-6 days on the average but can be as long as 14 days. In that case, even the gold standard RT-PCR test will yield a negative result despite already being infected, and you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
“We must remain vigilant. Wear your masks and face shields at all times and maintain physical distancing. COVID-19 is an unseen and treacherous enemy.
“To influencers, the present situation calls for you to set the right example and do the right thing for everyone’s safety. People look up to you and admire you. This responsibility should not be taken lightly. Now is the time to use your platform, do good, and perform your civic duty to society.
“Everyone is welcome to enjoy what the City of Taguig has to offer. You are welcome to visit our city to dine, shop, do business, but please do so responsibly. We have worked hard to earn our place as the City with the least number of active cases per 100,000 population in Metro Manila. We intend to keep it that way.
“Please do not let the efforts of our public servants and health workers go to waste.”