HEAVY PENALTY: Businesses violating GCQ may not operate anymore

first_imgClients of the lodge were told to leave and the management was ordered to close shop. “We received information about this lodge last week and did a stakeout on Wednesday night. May nakita kami nga taxi, walk-in and private car nga nagsulod kag wala nakagwa. Naaktohan gid naton,” said Canong. The lodge’s management promised to comply with the EO, said Canong. Under the EO, the following activities are also prohibited: * observing physical distancing Their permits would be revoked and even if the day would come that the Interagency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases would allow them to operate, the city government won’t approve, warned Mayor Jerry Treñas. * libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities * gyms, fitness studios, and other sports facilities * wearing of facemask  * activities of travel agencies or tour operators/PN On May 16, this city transitioned from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to GCQ, easing restrictions in the operation of businesses, transportation and travel, among others, to rev up the local economy while at the same time curbing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These are the safety measures: * travel agencies and tour operators * entertainment-related mass gatherings including theaters, large concerts, festivals, conventions, and shows including those in pubs or bars, restaurants, coffee shops, cocktail lounges, and other similar establishments ILOILO City – Establishments prohibited from opening under the general community quarantine (GCQ) but nevertheless continue to do business face severe punishment. * business-related mass gatherings like trade shows, conferences, workshops and rentals * amusement centers including movie houses, computer and online gaming shops, all-night clubs, pubs, massage parlors, casinos, cockpits, and the like The city government’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, on the other hand, had been asked to “take charge of the inspection of the operation of mass public transportation and the compliance of all other persons to the health standards.” * regulated travel of persons between ECQ (including modified ECQ) and GCQ areas No arrests, however, were made because, according to Canong, the city government was still carrying out an information dissemination campaign on Treñas’ EO. Treñas has started deploying “compliance officers” across the metro to check who’s following and violating EO No. 75 placing the city under GCQ. The city government’s Task Force on Morals and Values Formation made the discovery on May 20, according to its chief, Nestor Canong. The following are not allowed to open yet under the GCQ as stated in Treñas’ Executive Order (EO) No. 75: A lodging house in Barangay Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo district was discovered to be operating in violation of Treñas’ EO. Mayor Jerry Treñas. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO * confinement at designated quarantine and isolation fatalities LODGE CAUGHT OPERATING * sports-related mass gatherings like trainings and tournaments * politically-related mass gatherings like election rallies, parades and speeches * spas, massage centers, facial centers and the like * gambling and betting activities * resorts, parks, beaches and other leisure/tourism businesses As stated in Section 11 of EO No. 75 : “The Business Permits and Licensing Office as well as other authorized officers of the Iloilo City Government shall take charge of inspecting and ensuring that establishments allowed to operate…strictly comply with health standards and safety measures.”last_img read more