COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa imposes curfew, market schedule during GCQ/MGCQ to curb COVID-19
In a bid to manage the COVID-19 situation in the city despite the relaxation of quarantine measures, the City Government of Muntinlupa is set to enforce a curfew and market schedule during the implementation of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance Nos. 2020-102 and 2020-103 imposing a city-wide curfew from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM during the GCQ and MGCQ, and a market schedule regulating the operations of the Alabang Public Market, respectively.
Fresnedi said the initiative to implement a curfew and market schedule for residents aims to limit movements and interactions in public places which are hotspots for the transmission of COVID-19.
Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded a spike in local cases during the effectivity of GCQ in Metro Manila starting June 1. The city’s confirmed cases jumped from 226 confirmed cases last May 31 to 303 confirmed cases last June 15.
As of June 15, Muntinlupa City has 303 confirmed cases with 185 recoveries, 83 active cases, 35 reported deaths, 45 suspect cases, and 324 probable cases.
The curfew period in the city shall take effect immediately. No person shall be allowed to go out of their respective homes during the GCQ and MGCQ, except for essential travel and emergency cases.
Persons exempted from the curfew include Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) as enumerated by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield, those whose work involves the delivery of essential goods and services, those who work in night shift or a 24-hour on-call duty and those providing public transportation.
Violators will be penalized with P500 for the first offense and P1,000 for succeeding offenses. Residents violating the curfew will also incur a barangay blotter and cancellation of local grants and benefits from the City Government
Further, the City Government will also enforce a schedule for market-goers in Alabang Public Market during the GCQ and MGCQ.
District 1 and non-Muntinlupa residents are scheduled on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. While District 2 residents can buy groceries in Alabang Public Market on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Monday is designated for disinfection and sanitation of stalls and other areas of the market.
Persons entering the premises of the market should present a valid identification card (ID) showing their district residence address. Market-goers are also mandated to use face masks and strictly observe physical distancing.
Stall owners are ordered to install clear barriers and provide disinfectants for the use of customers and vendors. Violators will be meted with penalties such as closure, suspension, or revocation of business permits or licenses.
The City Government of Muntinlupa urged city residents to stay at home as much as they can and follow health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, proper cough etiquette, and other precautionary measures.
This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website.
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