Business, transport sectors ordered to heighten COVID-19 preventive measures


Mayor Benjamin Magalong March 11 ordered the business and transport sectors in the city to heighten their preventive measures against the corona virus disease (COVID-19) following the surge in cases and the President’s declaration of a state of public health emergency in the country.

In Executive Orders No. 32 and 59 series of 2020, the mayor urged owners of all business establishments including those in the hospitality and tourism industry and the public transport service sector to observe strict hand and respiratory hygiene and adopt additional preventive measures to safeguard their employees and customers against the disease.

“All  business establishments especially those in the hospitality and tourism industry such as hotels, lodgings, food and beverage and recreation and service providers in the public transport sector are ordered to observe proper hand and respiratory hygiene, pursuant to the advice and recommendations of the Department of Health to reduce exposure and transmission of 2019-nCoV,” the mayor stressed.

“They are further directed to ensure that all contact surfaces such as door knobs, handrails, tables, chairs and those similar areas are sufficiently disinfected and sanitized and that general surroundings are clean at all times;

“Business establishments and public utility vehicles must also display information posters and fliers regarding 2019-nCoV prevention as provided by the DOH and City Health Service on all entry and exit points.”

Furthermore, “they are strongly urged to provide antibacterial sanitizers at their entry and exit points and to utilize Covid-19 preventive materials such as face masks and thermal temperature scanners as an added precaution against transmission of Covid-19.”

COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus easily transmitted through person-to-person contact that leads to respiratory illnesses and infections.

The World Health Organization March 12 declared COVID-19 a global pandemic after cases continued to increase worldwide.

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