A FOOTWEAR store was ordered closed two hours after its grand opening on Wednesday, November 12, 2020, for various violations such as failure to observe social distancing.
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered the closure of JS Footwear in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
A team from City Hall who inspected the store following reports of mass gathering of people found out that the store does not have a business permit from City Hall to operate and a promotion permit from the Department of Trade and Industry.
The store's promotion includes the sale of three shoes for P980 and other special discounts.
People queueing to get inside the store (estimated about 100 square meters) located along Sanson Road reached Salinas Drive, which is about 300 meters.
“When we learned about it, we immediately took action. A City Hall team went to the place and closed it with the help of police officers. We issued a show-cause order for them to explain the violation of social distancing. Our team also found that the store does not have a business permit and a sale promotion permit,” Labella said.
The mayor reminded the public that the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infection remains a threat.
Labella explained that ignoring the minimum health protocols now will have repercussions on the gains in the fight against Covid-19 as well as to the recovering economy of the city that was badly affected under the enhanced community quarantine period (ECQ).
The mayor added that the city cannot afford to be placed under ECQ again and Covid-19 cases will rise again because of the failure to properly observe social distancing.
Meanwhile, the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recommended an indefinite closure of JS Footwear.
Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganea, EOC deputy chief implementer, said the owner will also be held liable if there will be a surge of cases in the coming days and the common source of infection in the conduct of contract tracing will be from the area.
If that happens, Garganera said legal actions will be taken against the owner of the shoe center.
Garganera said the EOC will also coordinate with the barangay to know if the barangay knows about the event.
“They should look into their own safety... what if naay transmission didto, naay nagpositive didto? So you’re bringing aside from the shoes, you’re bringing Covid to your dwelling,” said Garganera.(JJL/MVG)