WITH Mandaue City remaining under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) for the month of October 2020, Mayor Jonas Cortes on Friday, Oct. 2, issued a new executive order reimposing the truck ban while further relaxing restrictions on people and businesses.
In his new executive order, Cortes banned trucks from Mandaue City roads from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except Sundays and holidays, beginning next week.
Cortes also reset the curfew hours to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. effective Oct. 1 from the previous 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
Restaurants and food establishments will now be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks and serve dine-in customers with up to two servings of such beverages.
But drinking in sari-sari stores, convenience stores and other open public places is still prohibited.
Beerhouses, nightclubs and other similar establishments listed under a negative list are also prohibited from resuming operations.
Restaurants and food establishments are also allowed to extend delivery and takeaway services to 24 hours. Previously, such services were allowed only during a business establishment’s operating hours.
In a text message, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) operations head Arnold Malig-on said they will implement the truck ban starting next week.
The truck ban was lifted when Mandaue City was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) last April.
Malig-on said the new curfew hours apply to all persons and business establishments authorized to operate under MGCQ.
Exempted from the curfew are authorized persons outside residence (Apor), including those working in business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and industries or offices that are allowed to operate beyond curfew hours.
The latter include food and retail establishments, delivery services providers and government agencies providing frontline and emergency services.
To be able to sell alcoholic drinks, Malig-on said restaurants and food establishments must have a valid business permit and must comply with the ordinance regulating the sale and consumption of liquor.
These establishments must secure a license to sell liquor and/or a license to serve liquor from the Business Permit and Licensing Office.
Businesses that wish to apply for such license may do so online at https://bit.ly/3l3nNgp. If the application is approved, the BPLO will send a soft copy of the license.
Any establishment that violates the EO risks cancellation of its license and revocation of its business permit.
Cortes directed the Mandaue City Police Office, Legal Enforcement Unit, City Health Office, Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, BPLO and other regulatory agencies, with the assistance of the barangay, to implement the EO.
In Liloan town, residents will no longer have to follow a schedule in going to the public markets and privately run groceries beginning on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco issued Executive Order (EO) 2020-12A on Oct. 1, lifting the restrictions on visiting the markets after cases of coronavirus infection in the town decreased.
All markets and supermarkets, however, will still be closed for disinfection on certain days as a safety measure against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The public markets in Brgy. Yati and Capulay in Brgy. Tayud are closed every Monday.
The Bajac market in Brgy. Poblacion is closed every Tuesday while the Panphil B. Frasco market in Brgy. Jubay is closed on Wednesdays.
The only mall in town is required to disinfect its facilities daily.
All markets are required to close at 6 p.m. while the mall may close at 7 p.m. daily.
To prevent Covid-19 transmission, all residents are required to carry a quarantine pass when they step out of their homes and wear a face mask.
Operators of public markets and business establishments are also required to enforce physical distancing.
Garcia-Frasco directed all 14 barangay chairpersons, the municipal police and local market authorities to arrest those who violate the EO and the standard health safety protocols.
As of Oct. 1, there were 20 active coronavirus cases in Liloan, 28 deaths and 302 recoveries. (KFD/ANV)