Face masks now mandatory; handwashing stations sought

BAGUIO. Handwashing stations have been set up at the Baguio City Hall as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Maria Elena Catajan)

HEIGHTENED hygienic practices is being urged by local legislators in Baguio City.

Councilor Vladimir Cayabas has asked for all businesses operating during the enhanced community quarantine to give a premium to health and hygiene.

“In order to prevent further spread of Covid-19, a hand washing area should be designated in every government and private business institutions and that water and soap should be provided by the establishment,” Cayabas said.

In a resolution approved this week, Cayabas is urging all government and business establishments allowed to operate during the enhanced community quarantine to designate hand washing area for their clients and customers

“The spread of the Covid-19, the Department of Health advises the public to practice frequent and proper hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A useful alternative is alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are not available. Through these means that we could be able to maintain clean body as antidote to possible spread of any respiratory and infectious disease,” Cayabas said.

The councilor noted government offices, groceries, drug stores and other businesses providing essential needs have been allowed open to cater the necessities of the people and that we cannot avoid to conduct transactions that can cause exposure to the virus.

In a related move by the entire city council, a new law requiring the use of face masks during the state of public emergency caused by the prevalence of Covid-19 was approved in first reading.

The resolution said it is the purpose of this ordinance to safeguard public health and safety of the public from Covid-19 disease and to prevent its transmission amongst the residents, medical personnel, front liners and all persons within the city.

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong has likewise issued Executive Order No. 70 series of 2020 mandating the use of face masks by all persons within the jurisdiction of Baguio City.


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