The Quezon City local government has proposed to implement a “transition period to general community quarantine” from May 16 to 31 for its jurisdiction, reports Rappler. This recommendation will be presented during the May 9 meeting with Metro Manila mayors to discuss the enhanced community quarantine. Ultimately, it will be the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) who will decide on the enhanced community quarantine lifting or extension.
According to the report, the transition period will entail strict implementation of health protocols for businesses allowed to operate under the general community quarantine (GCQ). Businesses are required to report production capacities, facilitate testing and quarantine of workers, implement thermal scanning, and conduct regular disinfection of the workplace.
“While the health of our residents remains our primary priority, we also need to look after the local economy, which has been affected severely by the dreaded virus,” said Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte.
The ECQ may still be extended beyond May 15 due to the growing number of cases of coronavirus in Metro Manila. As of May 8, 2020, 10, 463 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country.