QC gov’t flags milk tea shop for violating dine-in guidelines
Marje Pelayo • June 24, 2020 • 570
MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government on Tuesday (June 23) warned a popular milk tea shop for violating dine-in guidelines issued by the national government.
On Tuesday (June 23), personnel from the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) and the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) inspected four food establishments to check on their compliance with the dine-in protocols.
The establishments visited were Shangri-La Restaurant on Times St, Infinitea and Gourmet Gypsy on Maginhawa St. and Banapple along Katipunan Avenue.
Of the four, the BPLD said Infinitea received a notice for violating Quezon City and IATF guidelines on dine-in procedures.
Authorities found out that the establishment lacked a thermal scanner, no health and safety officer on duty, and there was no logbook for customers.
“The logbook is very vital for contact tracing in the event na may mag-positive na isa na nagpunta sa store nila,” said BPLD head Margarita Santos.
Santos said her office will return to the store to validate if the necessary adjustments have been made in accordance with the guidelines.
The other three restaurants were cleared, according to Santos.
For complaints, Santos encouraged the public to report not through social media but through official platforms like the BPLD’s e-mail email@example.com or the city hall’s hotline numbers 122.
“Sensitive kami sa mga report sa social media pero ang pakiusap natin, huwag dito idaan ang reklamo, (We are sensitive when it comes to reports on social media but please do not post your complaints there),” Santos said.
“Mayroon tayong sinusunod na proseso upang mapanagot ang mga restaurant na hindi sumusunod sa panuntunan (There is a proper process for holding non-compliant restaurants responsible for their violations),” she said.
Meanwhile, DPOS Head General Elmo San Diego announced that the city government will ramp up its joint surprise inspections on food and other establishments that have been allowed to operate during the general community quarantine (GCQ) “to ensure that guidelines are strictly followed” while the city is trying to jumpstart its economy.
MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government urged public and private hospitals and laboratories to directly submit to city hall a copy of the list of people who were tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a bid to hasten the city’s contact tracing efforts amid the pandemic.
In a statement, Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) head Dr. Rolly Cruz said the copy of the list, called the line list, will be used as basis in monitoring close contacts of probable and suspected cases.
Cruz said that it has been a challenge for CESU to conduct contact tracing because there is a three to four-day delay in the data forwarded to the city by the Department of Health (DOH).
“We have to be proactive and get the line list from other sources aside from the national government,” said Cruz.
According to Joseph Juico, lead coordinator of the city’s COVID response program, the delay in contact tracing due to the lack of data can cause damaging ‘ripple effects.’
“If data is incomplete and delayed, instead of nipping infections in the bud, we end up locking down whole communities for 14 days, because the virus has already spread,” he said.
“If we have patients’ complete contact details immediately, we can prevent them from infecting others and arrest community transmission,” he added.
As of August 14, the Philippines has a total of 153,660 COVID-19 cases with 71,405 recoveries and 2,442 deaths.
Of the total cases, 8,240 cases were recorded in Quezon City based on the information provided by the local government.
The Quezon City Government has released the guidelines it has drafted to expedite contact tracing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in large companies.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said this is to further contain the virus and minimize the employee risk of infection and economic effects of COVID-19.
Based on the guidelines, an individual is considered a close contact if he or she had face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within one-meter distance, for more than 15 minutes and within a 14 day period from the confirmed case’s onset of symptoms.
Those in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should undergo a 14-day quarantine and should undertake the swab testing if he or she is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
“In either case, close contacts should not be allowed to report for work immediately upon identification as such, and should be required to self-isolate at home,” Belmonte said.
Companies are also mandated to require their employees to list down all usual close contacts, both inside and outside work, even prior to any confirmed or suspect COVID-19 case.
“Companies are also mandated to provide the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU), through firstname.lastname@example.org, with updates regarding confirmed cases and close contacts among the workforce,” the guidelines also stated. AAC
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