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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The municipal government halted the supposed operation of computer shops in the different parts of the municipality following the downgrading of the province’s status from the previous modified general community quarantine (MGC) to general community quarantine (GCQ) until July 15, 2020.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda, in an interview aired over RPN-DZBS Baguio’s One for the Road afternoon program, said that the task force headed by Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan was able to inspect the compliance of computer shops to the established health and safety protocols for their resumption of operation during the community quarantine and in preparation for the new normal.
However, he admitted that the downgrading of the province’s status to GCQ stalled the local government’s plan to allow the operation of computer shops on a 50 percent capacity where strict physical distancing will be observed aside from mandating customers and personnel to war face masks at all times.
“We appeal to the owners of computer shops and their patrons to understand the situation where the status of the province was downgraded and one of the businesses that are prohibited to operate are the computer shops,” Mayor Salda stressed.
The local chief executive stated that concerned stakeholders have to await the decision of the national inter-agency task force for the management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases on the status of the province after July 15, 2020 before we will decide on whether or not to allow the resumption of operation of computer shops.
Earlier, Benguet was placed under MGCQ from June 1-30, 2020 before it was downgraded to GCQ from July 1-15, 2020 because of the sudden surge in the number of cases in the province on the second half of June.
Mayor Salda called on the residents, returning Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and individuals wanting to enter the municipality to comply with the established health and safety protocols that had been crafted to ensure the health and safety of the people and to prevent them from possibly contracting and subsequently transmitting the virus.
According to him, the virus is vicious and unseen that is why the best way to prevent people from contracting the same is to stay at home to ensure that the movement of people is restricted aside from the strict adherence of the public to the mandatory physical distancing and wearing of face masks at all times.
La Trinidad accounts for 22 of the province’s 45 confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases where 17 of them were able to recover while 5 are still confined at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH).
The municipal mayor stipulated that all the remaining COVID-19 patients are in stable condition because most of them are asymptomatic that is why they are just completing the prescribed 14-day isolation and awaiting the results of their confirmatory tests before they will be discharged from the local health facility.
He asserted that the local government remains ready for whatever eventuality that will happen in the coming months, especially with the projected surge in the number of COVID cases for the protection of the health and safety of the people.
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