DOH says fitness centers to remain closed even under GCQ; urges public to exercise indoors
Robie de Guzman • April 27, 2020 • 1305
MANILA, Philippines – Fitness centers will not reopen in areas that will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), the Department of Health (DOH) said.
In a virtual presser on Sunday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they did not recommend yet to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) the reopening of gyms and other fitness centers in places that may be downgraded to GCQ.
“Wala pong rekomendasyon ang DOH sa ngayon tungkol sa pagbubukas ng mga gym o fitness centers,” she said, adding that their reminder to the public to stay physically active amid the enhanced community quarantine means they should exercise inside they homes daily.
“Sa tuwing iminumungkahi po namin ang mag-exercise para palakasin ang ating resistensya, ang ibig namin sabihin dito ay ehersiyo sa loob ng ating bahay hanggat makakaya,” she said.
“Marami namang workout o exercise na maaring gawin sa loob ng ating tahanan,” she added.
Some people have been raring to go out and exercise outdoors since they have been cooped up inside their homes for more than a month now.
The Luzon island has been under enhanced community quarantine since mid-March to combat the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
It was initially set to end on April 13 but was extended to April 30.
Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila and other areas with high number of COVID-19 cases will be under extended enhanced community quarantine until May 15.
Malacañang earlier said the extension of ECQ is still subject to re-checking and may still be revised by April 30.
Other areas with moderate or low risk from the virus will be subjected to re-evaluation on whether these will be put under GCQ.
Under the GCQ, certain areas in the labor sector may reopen in phases. Malls covering non-leisure shops, will also be allowed to open. Priority and essential construction projects may also resume.
Non-workers will be permitted to go out to buy goods and avail services except those pertaining to sector IV or leisure.
Public transportation will be allowed to operate at reduced capacity, and local government units are mandated to enforce night night-time curfew for non-workers.
For the option to shift to GCQ in moderate to low-risk areas, the task force recommended 100-percent opening of agriculture sector including fishery, forestry, and food manufacturing as well as all supply chain involving raw materials packaging, food retails, supermarkets and restaurants.
Fifty to 100 percent opening of the manufacturing sector was also recommended such as those engaged in electronics and exports, e-commerce and delivery for essential and non-essential items, repair and maintenance services, housing, and office services.
The IATF also considered up to 50 percent onsite work and 50 percent work-from-home for GCQ areas with moderate to low-risk. These include financial services, business process outsourcing (BPO), other non-leisure wholesale and retail trade, other non-leisure services.
Also under this condition, individuals aged 20 and below, as well as senior citizens under high health risk are advised to stay home. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – Papayagan na ng pamahalaan ang muling pagbubukas ng mga salon at barbershops sa mga lugar na nasa general community quarantine (GCQ) simula sa June 7.
Sa bisa ng Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 Resolution No. 41, 30% capacity ng mga salon at barbershop ang papayagang mag-operate at madagdagan ito ng hanggang 50% pagkatapos pa ng dalawang linggo.
Ang mga salon at barbershop naman sa mga lugar na nasa modified general community quarantine, 50% na ng kabuuang operational capacity ang pinapayagan at magiging 100% ito pagkatapos pa ng tatlong linggo.
Ngunit paglilinaw ng Malacañang, limitado lamang sa paggugupit ang operasyon ng mga barberya at salon at bawal pang ialok ang ibang serbisyo.
“Wala pa ring facial, wala pa rin sa kuko, wala pa ring pagtatanggal ng mga eyebrows hanggang gupit lang tayo,” ang sabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
Bilang gabay naman sa mga magbubukas na barberya at salon, inilabas ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang sumusunod na panuntunan para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease:
Istriktong pagsusuot ng face mask at pagpapatupad ng social distancing measures.
Kailangang maglaan ng 10 minutong interval sa bawat customer para bigyang-daan ang paglilinis o sanitation ng mga ginamit na kasangkapan at pasilidad.
Pinagagamit rin ang barbershops at salon ng alternatibong paraan ng appointment gaya ng online at text messaging upang maiwasan ang walk-in.
Kailangan ding may nakalagay na mga marker sa loob ng shop na indikasyon kung saan lang maaaring pumuwesto ang mga customer.
Hindi rin hinihikayat ang pagdadala ng kasama liban na lamang kung kinakailangan.
Dapat nakasuot ang mga tauhan ng shop ng personal protective equipment gaya ng face mask, face shield, salamin sa mata, gloves at hair caps.
Kailangang naka-sapatos at laging maghuhugas ng kamay ang mga empleyado.
Ipinagbabawal ang pagkakaroon ng physical contact sa pagbabayad, at sa halip ay gagamit ng maliit na tray sa pagtanggap ng pera.
Bago pumasok sa shop ang customer, narito ang mga dapat gawin:
Dumaan sa foot bath o floor mat na may disinfectant.
Kailangan kunan ng temperatura at lagyan ng alcohol ang mga kamay ng customer.
Sagutan ng kliyente ang health checklis na ibibigay ng shop.
Ang mga dalang gamit ng mga kliyente ay dapat i-disinfect at ilagay sa sanitary plastic bags.
Pinaalalahanan rin ang mga customer na bawal magsuot ng alahas gaya ng singsing, bracelets, relo at hikaw.
Ayon sa DTI, dapat naka-paskil sa loob ng shop ang mga guidelines na ito.
“It’s for the safety of their workers, ‘yung mga nagtatrabaho doon sa salon at yung mga customers nila itong ginagawa natin protocol,” ani DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.
Ayon sa DTI, mahigit sa 400-libong manggagawa ang matutulungan sa pagbubukas ng nasa 45-libong malalaki at maliliit na barbership at salon.
Paalala naman ng ahensiya, maaaring muling ipasara ang mga nasabing establisimyento kung lalabag sa mga inilatag na health at safety protocols. – RRD (mula sa ulat nina Correspondent Rosalie Coz at Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has added several provinces and cities to the list of areas that will be placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 15.
This, after several local government executives made their appeal to the IATF-MEID to reclassify the community quarantine status of their respective areas.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that Region 7 or the Central Visayas, including Cebu City and Mandaue City, and the city of Zamboanga in Mindanao are now among the areas that will be under the GCQ come Monday.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday initially announced that the National Capital Region (NCR), Regions II, III, and IV, the province of Pangasinan and the city of Davao are placed under GCQ.
The rest of the areas that the chief executive did not mention will be placed under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting next month.
Under the GCQ, more economic sectors will be able to resume operation, while those that will be under the MGCQ will transition to the “new normal” way of living.
Meanwhile, the Malacañang assured that the IATF is now finding ways on how the public utility jeepneys (PUJ) will be able to resume operation while maintaining social distancing and health protocols, as more industries will reopen by Monday.
Roque said that as reported by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the resumption of operations of mass transportation in the NCR will be done in phases.
“Pasensya na po sa ating mga kapatid na namamasada ng mga jeepney, pero pinag-aaralan pa po kung papaano magkakaroon ng social distancing sa ating mga jeepney. Bagaman mayroon na po tayong bahagyang pagbukas o pagpayag sa mga pampublikong transportasyon, ang pangunahing guidelines po diyan social distancing,” Roque said.
[I beg the indulgence of our jeepney drivers, but maintaining social distancing inside the jeepneys is still being determined. Although we have already started to open our public transportation, the primary guidelines to be considered in it is social distancing.] —(from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf
The Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) industry is already preparing for the resumption of operations on June 1 when Metro Manila finally shifts to General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
TNVS driver Noel Guimbaolibot has added plastic covers and disinfectant solutions in his car as part of the minimum health standards for public transportation.
Noel is looking forward to the resumption of operations since he hasn’t been able to earn for over three months because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
He said he has to brave the risk of getting infected in order to earn for his loved ones.
“Sa ngayon, hindi pa naman nawawala iyong COVID-19. Ang pinakamaganda talaga ay lagi lang maging maingat. Magsuot ng face mask every time, mag-spray ng alcohol, (COVID-19 is not going away just yet. It would be best to always be careful. Wear a face mask and spray alcohol),” he said.
Grab PH will be implementing new protocols for their partner-drivers in accordance with the directives of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Before being allowed to operate, Grab PH’s partner-drivers will have to answer a checklist to determine if they are fit enough to operate. They will also undergo training to make sure they are following health protocols.
Cashless system will also be encouraged to avoid direct contact. Drivers will also be allowed to cancel their booking if the passenger is not wearing a face mask. Likewise, passengers may also cancel their booking if the driver is not wearing a face mask.
Grab PH president, Brian Cu assures that they will not implement any fare hike as operations resume. However, they will appeal to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for a five-peso fare increase by next month.
“The disinfection kits and disinfection measures are an added cost for them, to the drivers, so we made a proposal to the LTFRB to raise the per trip cost by a fixed amount to help cover these items,” he said.
Meanwhile, TNVS drivers are not required to undergo COVID-19 testing before resumption of operations unless they are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms. Grab PH has test kits prepared for their partner drivers. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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