Munti orders groceries, supermarkets to limit operation from 6AM – 6PM amid ECQ

The local government of Muntinlupa has ordered exempted business establishments during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to limit their operating hours from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM in a bid to reduce movement of people to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

The Muntinlupa City Council passed Ordinance 2020-070 imposing of limited operating hours for convenience stores, sari-sari stores, talipapa, and groceries.

It shall also be mandatory for these establishments to implement social distancing during their operations set forth by the Department of Health and the Muntinlupa City Health Office. Violators shall be given a warning for first offense and cancellation of business permit for the remainder of the current year for last offense.

Earlier, the Muntinlupa City Council also approved the anti-hoarding ordinance that restrict bulk-buying of basic commodities to address the public’s panic buying.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assured the public that there is no need for panic buying during the health emergency as there is enough supply of basic items. The local exec called for an emergency meeting with supermarket and grocery operators on Monday to ensure that there is no shortage of supply for Muntinlupa City residents.

Further, establishment offering non-essential services have been mandated to cease operations through Ordinance 2020-080.

Essential industries are exempted from cessation of operations including supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, industries involved in food manufacturing, processing, distribution, and industries involved in the provision of medicines, medical supplies, and medical care. Other exempted establishments include banks, padala centers, water stations, and utilities.

Muntinlupa City is now under a 24-hour curfew amid the enhanced community quarantine.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the local government will being implementing stricter measures after receiving reports that many residents are still going out in the streets and do not observe social distancing while the quarantine is in effect.

“Our barangay chairmen reported that the imposition of the 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew hours is not an effective deterrent for the public to stay at home. For this reason, I have ordered the round the clock curfew so that our kababayans will remain in their houses and reduce their risks from being infected by the virus,” Fresnedi noted.

The local exec urged the city residents to refrain from going out unless it’s important and follow protocols provided by the local and national government.

As of March 23, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 156 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM), 68 Persons Under Investigation (PUI), and eight confirmed cases in the city. For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi leads an emergency meeting with supermarket and grocery operators on Monday to ensure that there is no shortage of supply for Muntinlupa City residents. Fresnedi assures the public that there is no need for panic buying during the health emergency as there is enough supply of basic items.

 

 

*Source: Public Information Office