CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno on Saturday, March 28, ordered all markets in the Cagayan de Oro to be closed at 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. starting Monday, March 30, as part of the City Government’s preventive measure against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) threat.
Markets involved in the Executive Order No. 55 are the Cogon, Carmen, Agora, Westbound and Puerto public markets, including talipapa in all barangays.
Moreno said, during the regular press conference on Covid-19, the order to limit operation hours of the markets is to prevent people from staying too long in the markets, consistent to his social distancing directive.
“Hibalo ta nga kinahanglan mag operate ang merkado and we’re in fact coming up with mobile markets through our agriculture office,” Moreno said.
(We know many would operate in markets and we’re in fact coming up with mobile markets through our agriculture office.)
“But we also want the people to realize that they should not stay long diha sa merkado, dili sad mag standby and kung mahimo, kato ra gyud kinahanglan moadto sa merkado,” he added.
(We also want people to realize that they should not stay long in the markets, don’t standby and if possible, those who really needs to go should just be in the market.)
Moreno said upon their closure at 7 p.m., disinfection will follow until 9 p.m.
“We want the markets to operate in a manner nga dili ma expose ang tanan to unnecessary risks. That is why naa tay moratorium sa stall fees para dili sad ma discourage ang mga stallholders,” Moreno added.