MANILA--Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Saturday ordered a temporary halt to retail operations at Balintawak markets to adhere to physical-distancing regulations amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, Belmonte said only wholesale selling and drop-off operations will be allowed at the Balintawak markets.
These markets are Cloverleaf, North Diversion, Riverview I, Riverview II, Pilson’s, MC, and Edsan Bagsakan.
“Napagkasunduan sa pulong na itigil muna ang retail operations o bentahan nang tingi sa mga palengke sa Balintawak,” Belmonte said.
Local officials said all retail stalls will be closed effective immediately until further notice. Affected retail vendors will be accommodated by the QC Fresh Market on Wheels program.
“They will be picked up by jeepneys that the city will hire and will be brought to various barangays where they can sell their goods,” said assistant city administrator for operations Alberto Kimpo.
Kimpo said retail shoppers will be barred from entering parts of Samson Road and EDSA in front of the Balintawak markets.
Any violation will result in the immediate closure of the market, local officials said.