As the current modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) expires Tuesday, 07 September, the Department of Trade and Industry says a granular lockdown is much desirable for the economy.
MANILA – Trade and industry secretary Ramon Lopez maintains, however, that the agency will support what President Rodrigo Duterte approves for the coming week, he says in an interview over Super Radyo dzBB.
“Sa granular lockdown, pabayaang magbukas ang mga negosyo ayon sa mga guideline, pero ang ibig sabihin ay either under levels 1,2, or 3 pa rin sila. May paghihigpit pa rin. Hindi totally bukas kasi never naman natin pinag-usapan na totally back to normal na tayo,” says Mr Lopez.
The DTI chief explain, the good thing with granular lockdown is, some businesses will be able to operate, scaled depending on the specified level, and not a big area will be shutdown.
Mr Lopez says further, if the lockdown is very specific, other parts of the area will be allowed to open businesses according to their specific level.
Establishments—for outdoor, personal care, dine-in gathering—will still be subject to capacity restrictions, and health protocols like the wearing of face mask, face shield, social distancing, ventilation, among others, will be observed still.
“Dalawang bagay lang maging ECQ o GCQ at ang pangkalahatan ay maging GCQ at magkakaroon lamang ng levels 1, 2, 3, 4 [There are only two possibilities either enhanced community quarantine or general community quarantine with granular approach],” Mr Lopez says.
He said the approach will better prepare the Government to balance the economy and livelihoods to health risks arising from the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant. (JD/Headline PH)