Navotas imposes stricter rules amid 14-day lockdown starting today
CALOOCAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) — Amid the 14-day citywide lockdown imposed by the Navotas City Government beginning today, the local government on Tuesday passed ordinances reinforcing its implementation.
City Ordinance No. 2020-31 requires residents and the public that aside from wearing face masks and practicing 1-2 meter physical distancing, all persons in Navotas must comply with other quarantine measures imposed by the city government to prevent COVID-19 spread.
The measure said any unauthorized persons outside their homes will be meted out fines ranging from P1,000 to P3,000.
City Ordinance No. 2020-32, on the other hand, amended the penalties of City Ordinance No. 2020-30 or the Interim Guidelines for Business Establishments allowed to operate in the city during the community quarantine.
Business establishments will face sanctions if they fail to comply with safety measures such as COVID-19 screening for employees, implementation of social distancing, reduced number of people allowed in the workplace, and others.
Violators will be slapped with P2,000 to P5,000 fine with summary suspension of the establishment’s sanitary permit and summary closure of the establishment for 7-14 days.
Meanwhile, City Ordinance No. 2020-33 imposed a 24-hour curfew on residents below 18 years old while Navotas is under community quarantine or in any form of lockdown required by the national or local government.
Minors who will enroll to school while accompanied by their parent or guardian and those who need to travel for medical purposes are exempted from the curfew.
Parents or guardians who will let their children roam the streets or play or loiter outside their home will be fined P1,000 or P2,000 for the first or second offense. P3,000 or imprisonment and P4,000 or imprisonment will be levied on third, fourth and succeeding offenses.
“Many of our constituents thought that because of eased restrictions during the general community quarantine, they can be lax about practicing safety measures. We need to remind them that the deadly virus is still here and it continues to endanger our lives and those of our loved ones,” Mayor Toby Tiangco said.
“These ordinances form part of our defense strategy to keep our people safe from COVID-19. With the continued rise of cases, crowded facilities, depleting resources, and exhausted health care providers, we need to take drastic actions,” Mayor Toby added.
To recall, Navotas City will be on lockdown stating 5 a.m. today up to 11:59 p.m. on July 29 to help keep its rising number of COVID-19 cases in check, the mayor announced on Monday in his official Facebook page.
Tiangco said the health and quarantine facilities of the city have reached their full capacity as the number of COVID-19 cases have shot up since quarantine restrictions were eased up in the whole of Metro Manila.
The City Health Office reported Tuesday that Navotas has 1,074 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 661 of which are active. (PIA NCR)