Bagama’t bumalik na sa General Community Quarantine ang Metro Manila, iginiit ng Palasyo na ipatutupad ng mga lokal na pamahalaan ang unified curfew matapos maaprubahan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ang hiling ng mga alkalde para ipatupad ito.
Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, nagkaisa ang mga city mayor na ibalik ang paggamit ng quarantine passes at ipatupad ang 8:00 p.m. hanggang 5:00 a.m. unified curfew sa National Capital Region.
“We considered the recommendations of the mayors to actually impose a stricter GCQ because when we consulted the mayors, they were in agreement that it should be GCQ, but it should also be a strict type,” pahayag ni Sec. Roque.
Subalit agad naming nilinaw ni Sec. Roque na hindi muna ipatutupad sa Manila, Muntinlupa, at Pasig ang naturang curfew na nagsimula nitong Miyerkules sapagkat kailangan pang amyendahan ang kanilang city ordinance para sa pagbabagong ito.
Gayunpaman, idinetalye ni Sec. Roque na mananatili pa rin ang striktong pagpapatupad ng health protocols kahit pa balik-GCQ na ang Metro Manila. Dagdag pa niya, mas magiging agresibo rin ang gobyerno sa implementasyon ng localized at granular lockdowns alinsunod sa mas pinaigting na istratehiya ng pamahalaan kontra COVID-19.
Suspendido pa rin ang pagbubukas ng mga internet shops, gyms, review and tutorial centers gayundin ang drive-in cinemas at pet grooming services. Maaaring magbukas ang mga restaurants at salon, subalit nakasalalay sa lokal na pamahalaan ang pagtukoy sa operational capacity ng mga ito.
Paliwanag ni Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, nais ng pamahalaan na maging gradual ang pagbubukas ng ekonomiya kaya’t suspendido muna sa ngayon ang pagbubukas ng ilang establisyimento.
“The reopening of the last batch of sectors like gyms, review centers, internet cafes will be postponed until Aug. 31, following the principle of gradual reopening from MECQ to GCQ,” ani Sec. Lopez.
Sa kabila nito, mariin pa rin ang paalala ni Sec. Lopez sa pagsunod sa itinakdang health and safety protocols upang mapigilan ang pagkalat ng virus.
“Our constant reminder to our fellow citizens is for their increased consciousness and awareness in order to strengthen the compliance of the workplace prevention protocols. If we strictly follow these guidelines per person, per company, per city, the health numbers improve. But it is very important to keep the discipline because if we don’t, the numbers will go up again”, paalala ni Sec. Lopez.
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