Public health standards for comfort rooms in Baguio asserted

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City officials requested the City Health Services Office (CHSO) to require compliance by shopping malls, business establishments, and public and private buildings on the prescribed public health and personal hygiene and sanitation protocols imposed for all comfort room facilities in the city.

Under Resolution No. 426, series of 2020, signed by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, the city stated that Ordinance No. 53, series of 2020, which prescribed the new normal of operations in all business establishments, transportation facilities, work places, schools and public places in the city until the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is over, required establishments to provide hygiene conveniences, sanitary comfort rooms, and safe washing facilities for everyone’s use to prevent them from contracting and spreading the deadly virus.

City officials raised the observation that comfort room facilities in the different establishments around the city had allegedly inadequately provide health and sanitation components such as soap, running water, sanitizers, toilet paper, among others, that render ineffective the hand washing and sanitizing practices mandated by the health department to be observed by the citizens.

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According to the city officials, amidst the wrath of COVID-19, public and private buildings, business establishments and jobs have been allowed to resume operations as part of the all out efforts of the national and local governments to revive the economy that slumped as a result of the implementation of the community quarantine protocols geared towards preventing the contraction and spreading of the deadly virus in the city.

The city officials claimed that alongside the economic revival is the continued imposition of public health and safety standards as well as personal hygiene and sanitation protocols in the comfort room facilities of shopping malls, restaurants, eateries and dining places as well as those operating in public places.

Earlier, Mayor Magalong ordered business establishments and owners of private and public buildings in the city to conduct twice or thrice a week disinfection of their comfort rooms aside from ensuring the steady supply of personal hygiene and sanitation items to prevent the further surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Apart from adhering to the standard health and safety protocols and the community quarantine guidelines, health authorities reminded residents to better stay at home if they have nothing important to do outside their residences so that they will not be exposed in contracting the virus and eventually spreading the same to their family members and the people in their communities.

Baguio City is still under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) based on the standards of the national inter-agency task force for the management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases from August 1-15, 2020, after which assessment and evaluation will be done for the future consideration of the city’s status by the second half of the month as the declaration of the community quarantine status of local governments is done every after 15 days depending on the spike in the number of cases and the case doubling time.

By Dexter A. See

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