Muntinlupa City to implement market schedule, stricter measures on physical distancing
Following the influx of market-goers in recent days, the City Government of Muntinlupa will begin implementing a market schedule and stricter physical distancing measures amid the enhanced community quarantine.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi announced recently that a market schedule will be imposed per district to lessen the flow of people coming to public markets.
“A market schedule will be implemented starting April 16 and stricter measures on physical distancing will be enforced in our local market. Our residents can go to the market three times a week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM depending on the schedule of their respective barangays,” Fresnedi said.
District 1 residents from Barangay Tunasan, Poblacion, Putatan, and Bayanan buy groceries in the market on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. While District 2 residents from Barangay Alabang, Ayala Alabang, Cupang, Buli, and Sucat are given the Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday schedule.
Only 50 individuals are allowed to enter the Muntinlupa City Public Market (MCPM) to ensure that social distancing is observed. MCPM also implements a “No Mask, No Entry” policy. Senior Citizens, pregnant women, persons with disability, and children are not allowed to enter the market.
MCPM will be closed every Monday for cleaning and disinfection.
Muntinlupa City Administrator Allan Cachuela earlier called for an emergency meeting with private market operators to discuss the market schedule as a mitigation measure to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.
Cachuela urged the market operators to also adopt the market schedule.
Muntinlupa City started its targeted COVID-19 mass testing on Monday beginning with persons under investigation (PUI). PUIs are being transported to a field testing area located at the local health office for the collection of swab samples.
The City Government targets to test all PUI this week and has partnered with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for the processing of samples.
As of April 14, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 98 confirmed cases with 15 deaths and 14 recovered cases. According to CHO, there are 172 “suspect” cases and seven (7) “probable” cases in the city.
While confirmed COVID-19 rises in the city, the number of cleared cases also improve with over 270 cleared “suspect” cases.
For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.
This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website.
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