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The city government has tightened its monitoring of business establishments to ensure compliance with the health and safety protocols against Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while the city is in the thick of reopening its businesses and industries to help people recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier sought a dedicated team to undertake the inspections to check against laxity in the implementation and observance of the health measures as he reminded anew both businessmen and their patrons not to let their guards down as the COVID threat has remained.
The task force composed of City Health Services Office, the Public Order and Safety Division and members of the contact tracing team set out to work last week.
City Permits and Licensing Division Head Allan Abayao said erring establishments were issued notices of violations with corresponding penalties and were advised on the remedial and corrective measures they can undertake to ensure compliance and avoid succeeding offenses.
The monitoring will be done consistently and continuously.
The mayor earlier said there is a need to ensure that restaurants, grocery stores, accommodation facilities and others are consistently compliant with the prescribed minimum health standards and protocols to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in work places as in the previous incidents experienced by the city.
Aileen P. Refuerzo