COVID-19

Lanao Norte expands businesses to operate under new MGCQ

ILIGAN CITY: The provincial government of Lanao del Norte has placed the province under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) effective May 18, 2020, until it is lifted.

In her Executive Order (EO) No. 10, series of 2020, issued on Monday, Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo expanded business establishments or sectors that would be allowed to operate, particularly on those listed in Section 3, Category III of EO No. 8, series of 2020.

EO No. 10 has allowed 50 percent opening of the following establishments: Clothing and Accessories Stores/Boutiques; Ukay-Ukay Stores; RTW Stores; Appliance Stores; Cellphone Repair Shops and Stores; Other non-leisure whole sale and retail establishments and activities such as wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles including their parts and components, Repair of motorcycles and bicycles (including vulcanizing shops, battery repair shops, auto repair shops; Bookstores and school and office supplies stores; Pet food and pet care supplies.

As provided in EO No. 8, business establishments or sectors that would be allowed to operate fully (100%) include agriculture, fishery and forestry; food manufacturing and its entire supply chain; retail establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, convenience stores, sari-sari stores, pharmacies, and drugstores; food retailers such as restaurants, carenderias, and other food chains but limited only for takeout and delivery; healthcare, logistics service provider, delivery services; water sector; energy sector; internet and telecommunications sector excluding cellphone retail and repair stores; funeral homes and services; auto repair shops and car wash; hardware; courier services; water refilling stations; and media establishments.

All establishments opened must strictly observe minimum health protocols such as physical distancing, wearing face masks, workplace disinfection, and other protocols required by the Department of Health.

The governor also ordered the resumption of essential construction projects, both public and private, provided the minimum health standards are observed. She required employers/contractors with workers residing outside the province to establish a bunkhouse where the workers can temporarily live.

The imposition of curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., suspension of classes, liquor ban, prohibition on mass gatherings and events, strengthening of border quarantine checkpoints, continued observance of home quarantine in all households, and observation of the minimum health protocols such as social distancing and mandatory use of face masks, among others, are still implemented.

MASIDING NOOR YAHYA/RSP

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