AS THE end of the one-week extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine in the tri-cities of Cebu draws near, a business leader said authorities should allow “innovations” in business operations.
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Steven Yu said if there are continuing signs to give breathing room to health care facilities extending the current quarantine level is acceptable.
However, Yu noted that there should be some elbow room for innovation in business operations like allowing fully vaccinated individuals with certain freedom and setting up innovation in workplaces, among others.
“The overarching goal of this move is to ensure that we are equipped and ready to significantly open up in the fourth quarter which is traditionally considered as the peak season in business,” he said.
Even with the entry of the “ber” months starting off with September, Yu expects consumption and business activities to remain muted. This is because the upswing normally starts in the second half of November.
“We enjoin everyone to inculcate and develop a built-in human habit of living with the virus, boost the immune system and exercise minimum health protocols as a lifestyle,” Yu said.
“We also have enough vaccine supply and there is a shorter line now and it is an added option/level of protection and of quelling the Covid-19 virus,” he added.
Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Felix Taguiam, in an earlier report said the interventions by the Cebu City Government are effective in preventing the cases from increasing.
“We are seeing a better result under the Cebu City Executive Order 137 or Oplan Puyo. Businesses are really feeling the effects of restrictions, (so we are) hoping for everyone to get vaccinated,” Taguaim said.
Cebu City’s current MECQ guidelines allow public transport services and the operation of more business establishments, unlike the MECQ guidelines in 2020 which were more restrictive.
The liquor ban remains, however, while non-essential establishments, including dine-in food services are not allowed. The measures were put in place to sustain the economy and to prevent endangering lives and livelihood. (JOB)