LT issues rules on eco parks, massage clinics

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The municipal government recently issued the prescribed safety and health protocols in eco parks, massage clinics and other similar establishments in the municipality during the implementation of the prevailing modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Mayor Romoe K. Salda as per Executive Order No. 075-2020, stated that among the rules that will be observed in eco parks, natures and other similar sites include the fact that all park staff must first secure a medical certificate from the health office; only 50 percent capacity of the parks will be allowed; overcrowding will be absolutely prohibited; logbook will be available at the entrance for park goers; management will assign a health and safety protocol officer who shall oversee compliance of health and safety measures such as wearing of masks and shields, physical distancing, availability of hand sanitizers among others; changes must be instituted allow physical distancing of at least 1 meter between individuals; face masks must be used by guests and staff at all times; park staff must clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; proprietors or management should ensure functional and well maintained toilets and hand washing areas; hand sanitizers that contains at least 70 percent alcohol should be readily available for use of staff and guests; posters and signages must be displayed throughout the park to frequently remind visitors to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19; brief and train staff on safety protocols must be readily available; immediate contact with health authorities on COVID symptoms; operating hours will be from 7 am to 7 pm Mondays to Sundays and for Saturdays, the facilities may accommodate everyone and for Sundays, the facilities may accommodate frontliners and for group activities, a mayor’s clearance is required.

For massage parlors and other similar establishments, Salda said that the governing rules include all masseurs and front desk personnel must secure the required medical personnel; clients will be attended on an appointment basis; only 50 percent of the capacity will be allowed to be serviced at a single time; logbook should be provided at the entrance; management must a health and safety protocol officer; all staff, guest and visitors should wear masks at all times; management must clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; proprietors should ensure they have functional and handwashing area; posters and signages must be displayed in conspicuous areas; develop specific seating arrangement to ensure physical distancing; provide physical guidelines and markings; make walkways one-way or clearly divided for directional travel; install physical barriers and partitions in areas where maintaining physical distancing is difficult; ensure indoor ventilation system that will be operational; health checks should be done on staff and guests; employees should be rotated to lessen prolonged exposure; brief and train staff on COVID-19 protocols; contact health authorities on COVID suspects and business hours shall be from 7 am to 7 pm Mondays to Saturdays.

Under the order, the allowed persons in parks and massage clinics are authorized persons outside resident and people from the town’s 16 barangays only.

Salda added that management shall strictly follow the market schedule being imposed in the municipality and allow entry of individuals only during their market day. By HENT

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