La Trinidad reverts back to GCQ rules

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet July 02 – The municipal government reverted to the implementation of general community quarantine (GCQ) rules to be strictly observed by residents following the downgrading of the province’s status while waiting the decision of the national inter-agency task force for the management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases on the appeal to reconsider such decision.

Mayor Romeo K. Salda urged the public to comply with minimum public health standards, such as the wearing of face masks at all times, observance of physical distancing and personal hygiene and practice of sanitation interventions.

He claimed that unlike in the previous set up, there will be limited movement of persons while the 24-hour curd in the municipality will be in effect.

Further, the window period for residents to go out of their residences is still in effect while barangay pass slips are still valid for use once a week, particularly from 7 am to 7 pm.

The local chief executive also announced the vehicle number coding will still be forced while the liquor ban will still exist aside from the activation of checkpoints.

He claimed that the allowed operating hours of businesses is from 7 am to 7 pm Mondays to Saturdays while Sundays will still be lockdown day in the municipality.

For dine in services, it will be limited to 30 percent occupancy while there will also be limited public transportation that will run from 5 am to 7 pm.

Moreover, Salda noted that mass gatherings are strictly prohibited, except religious gatherings which will be limited to not more than 10 persons.

According to him, all construction projects will be allowed to continue upon securing the required quarantine pass from the local government.

Salda emphasized that violators of the prescribed GCQ rules will be arrested by personnel of the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station (LTMPS), barangay tanods and deputized military reservists.

The municipal mayor urged the residents to strictly comply with the prescribed GCQ rules adopted during their recent meeting to sustain the municipal government’s efforts in preventing the spread of the virus in the municipality.

The mayor cited that the municipal government will support the initiative of the provincial government to seek the reconsideration of the task force in evaluating the status of the province although they will have to make do with the established GCQ rules while awaiting the decision of what will be the real status of the province.

For the past several weeks, La Trinidad continue to record confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases who are reportedly asymptomatic and mostly frontliners, but most of them have already recovered after being provided with appropriate medical attention by the personnel of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH).

He stipulated that contact tracers of the municipality immediately traced the close contacts of the confirmed COVID patients who were immediately required to undergo the mandatory swab test to ascertain their condition after being exposed to the said patients. By Hent