Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco has ordered the closure of public markets, grocery stores and talipapas (wet markets) in the city every Monday for general cleaning and disinfection amid threats of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Tiangco’s order came after the city recently reported 99 new cases of COVID-19, its highest in a single day.
“Ang pangunahing dahilan dito ay para sa general cleaning at disinfection. Ang mga lugar at establisimiyentong ito ay nananatiling puntahan ng maraming tao kaya mahalagang mapanatili natin itong malinis (The primary reason why we issued the order is for us to be able to conduct general cleaning and disinfection. People regularly come to these places, that is why it is important to keep them clean),” he said on Saturday.
Tiangco reminded his constituents to strictly follow health protocols to avoid the further transmission of the virus.
“Bawat isa ay may maitutulong para mapagtagumpayan natin ang laban sa pandemya—manatili sa bahay hanggang maaari, magsuot ng face mask at face shield, dumistansya ng 1-2 metro mula sa iba, at maghugas parati ng mga kamay (Everyone can do something to contain the pandemic. This includes staying at home, wearing face masks and face shields, maintaining a 1-2-meter distance from the others, and washing hands regularly),” he said.
On February 24, the Navotas City Hall had been placed under lockdown for five days after 24 of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.