Malaybalay eases health protocols for establishments with permit to serve alcohol
MALAYBALAY CITY (07 Dec 2020)—The city government of Malaybalay ordered last Tuesday an easing of health protocols to stabilize local businesses “severely affected” by the pandemic.
Acting City Mayor Warren Pabillaran issued Executive Order no. 124 amending the curfew hours and allowing the conditional resumption of operations of establishments with permit to serve alcohol.
The order set the curfew hours from 10 p.m. up to 4 a.m. Previously, the curfew started 9 p.m.
The city kept curfew exemptions for health and medical personnel, members of the Philippine National Police and Barangay Safety Officers (tanods), barangay officials implementing the order, personnel responding to emergencies, workers on night-shift schedules, and other emergency/medical cases.
The order, however, lifted imposition of curfew on December 24, 25, 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021 due to the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The city government allowed establishments with permit to serve alcohol to operate but continued to ban the serving and consumption of alcoholic drinks and intoxicating beverages and related products in public places and the operations of enclosed videoke and KTV bars/rooms.
The order listed “additional control measures” set as conditions for the establishments to resume operations.
Establishments have to:
- operate only up to 50 percent of capacity with a meter physical distance between seats;
- provide foot baths or foot mats with disinfectant at the entrance;
- allow scheduling of appointment through phone calls, emails or any online mode;
- post information on contact tracing registration, "no face mask-no entry" information in prominent areas in the establishment, maximum number of allowable persons, alternative methods of payment, administration of protocols, including the right to refuse service to customers who fail or refuse to comply;
- put visible floor markings for guidance of clients in queuing areas;
- provide sterilizers for personal effects; and
- put plastic covers on furniture with porous materials for easy sanitation.
The order also set conditions to ensure proper health and safety of all establishment personnel “at all times.”
They required employees of establishments not to wear jewelry like rings, bracelets, watches and earrings. They were asked to wear closed shoes, observe proper personal hygiene, and wash hands at least once in every four hours or every after encounter with guests.
The establishments were asked to observe proper waste disposal of single-use equipment.
The city government also ordered the observance and enforcement of no physical contact policy during payment. “Establishments may provide small trays for this purpose,” it added.
The order also specified that the establishments designate a manager-on-duty or any personnel to oversee compliance with prevailing government protocols. (BukidnonNews.Net)
[Malaybalay aerial shot by Laagan Aerials.]