QC imposes new local guidelines under alert level 3 status

Published October 17, 2021, 10:43 PM

by Aaron Homer Dioquino

The Quezon City government on Sunday, Oct. 17, imposed a new set of guidelines for business owners and administrators after Metro Manila was placed under alert level 3 status.

“As we start opening more establishments, the city will ensure that they also comply with the Safety Seal standards set by the national government. We’ll do spot inspections through our Department of Building Official (DBO) and Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD),” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

According to Belmonte, random inspections will be conducted to guarantee the compliance of business managers and administrators regarding health standards, especially the ventilation, disinfection and maintenance of their establishments.

The mayor added that the city government will also ensure the safety of leisure facilities such as cinemas, amusement parks, libraries, museums, meeting venues, and internet cafes that will resume operations.

Indoor venues are only allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals while outdoor venues can accept up to 50 percent capacity regardless of vaccination status.

Businesses offering indoor facilities are required to assign health and safety officers to ensure that only fully vaccinated people are accommodated.

Shopping mall operators are advised to ask customers to present their vaccination cards. Customer’s who are unable to present their cards are still allowed to do essential activities.

“The venue is accountable for the reinforcement of these restrictions. If they fail, they are subject to penalties as stated in Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act,” Belmonte said.

Meanwhile, funeral wakes at home for non-COVID deceased or deaths are allowed, with visitors not exceeding 10 persons. The remains should be buried or cremated after three days of wake.

The city government will also allow senior citizens to do various activities as long as they are fully vaccinated.