THE Mandaue City Market Authority (CMA) will be extending the operating hours of the Mandaue City Public Market from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting Dec. 23, 2020.
For now, the market opens at 4 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.
CMA head Edgar Seno said they have implemented this extension to give leeway to those workers who still want to go to the market after their shift.
This extension is also one way to decongest the market.
The new schedule will be in effect until Jan. 2, 2021.
Seno said they noticed in the past years that most of the market-goers flock to the market on Dec. 24 and 31.
With this, the CMA and the Mandaue City Enforcement Unit (MCEU) have tasked four inspectors from each office to monitor the crowd and strictly implement the minimum health protocol.
The inspectors will use their megaphones and remind market-goers every 30 minutes to observe social distancing, wear masks and face shields properly and other protocol.
For this holiday season, Seno said they have opened seven of the market doors, whereas before, only three were open.
This is to avoid overcrowding at the entrances.
However, if the entry volume of the market-goers will not be controlled, Seno said they will have to close the other four doors again and limit the crowd to 50 market-goers at a time.
In a separate interview, MCEU operations chief Ernesto Bongosaid for them to focus on the crowd control in the market, they have postponed their road clearing operations in the barangays.
Bongo said as mandated by the National Inter-Agency task Force, they will have to impose the “No Mask and Face Shield, No Entry” policy at the market. (KFD)