Nagkaisa ang 17 alkalde na parte ng Metro Manila Council (MMC) na irekomenda sa Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Emerging Infectious Diseases na patuloy na ipatupad ang General Community Quarantine (GCQ) sa National Capital Region hanggang Disyembre 31.
Ayon kay Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia, nagkasundo ang mga alkalde na irekomenda sa IATF na panatilihin sa GCQ ang buong Maynila sapagkat aniya, “it is easy to adjust gradually while under GCQ.”
Dagdag pa niya, “Mas mahirap na i-Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ na 100 percent tsaka mo babawasan, magkakaroon ng resistance iyan, mahirap i-control. Unlike GCQ tayo tapos gradually tayo nag-a-adjust ng mga capacity. This is the better move para tumakbo ang ekonomiya natin,” paliwanag ni MMDA GM Garcia.
Samantala, inirekomenda rin ng MMC na baguhin ang itinakdang oras ng curfew sa buong Maynila mula 10:00 p.m. hanggang 5:00 a.m. at gawin itong 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Sang-ayon din dito ang economic team at inaasahang makatutulong ang rekomendasyong ito sa pagbangon ng ekonomiya ng bansa.
“This is for our economy, for our establishments to earn more. More people are expected to dine at restaurants due to the change in the curfew hours. All the mayors agreed to this. Of course, health protocols must be strictly observed at such establishments,” saad ni Garcia.
Bukod pa rito, inirekomenda rin na payagan nang makalabas ang may edad 18 hanggang 65 taong gulang.
“Our mayors pointed out that individuals aged 18 are the ones who are allowed to work, therefore, they are not out of their houses for leisure. Those below the said age are more prone to go out of their houses just for leisure,” saad ni Garcia.
Nilinaw naman ni Garcia na kasalukuyang wala pang desisyon ang MMC tungkol sa pagdaraos ng “Simbang Gabi” at aniya, maaaring sa katapusan ng buwan ng Nobyembre pa ilabas ang panuntunan para dito.
“There are recommendations to adjust the curfew during the start of ‘Simbang Gabi’ to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. But this is not yet final. It is too early to talk about this. We will release a guideline by the end of November,” paglilinaw ni Garcia.
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