ILIGAN CITY —– The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID in Marawi City has implemented, effected Wednesday, March 25, limited days that grocery stores, food stores and wet markets as part of the ‘enhanced guidelines’ of the enhanced community quarantine.
Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra said these establishments are only allowed to open every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays because it has been observed that there are still people who kept on staying these areas despite of the strict implementation of the community quarantine.
Gandamra said the local government unit (LGU) aims to limit the movement of people outside to contain the spread of the virus.
“Even if they don’t have important business to do. What we want here is to limit the movement of the people to contain the virus but they are not following it,” Gandamra said.
He, however, clarrified that if a family ran out of food supplies and needs to buy some, they can talk to the cops around and knock on the stores.
“We put considerations because we also don’t want to curtail the needs of the people like their food supplies, medical needs or medicines and their treatment or going to the hospital,” Gandamra explained.
Establishments like banks, money transfer and pharmacies, since these are just limited, can open daily provided the management wilk follow the curfew hours from 6pm to 6am.
With the new guidelines, Gandamra clarified that the home quarantine pass issued from the barangay has no expiration date and can be used the community quarantine is lifted.
“We don’t want to add the burden of the barangay workers by renewing every now and then the home quarantine pass,” Gandamra said.