Metro Manila cities to have 'case-to-case' window hours for markets

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Posted at Apr 21 2020 07:59 AM

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The 17 cities of Metro Manila will implement "case-to-case" window hours for residents to shop in public markets, with over a week to go in a Luzon-wide lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, a mayor said Tuesday.

The situation is different in every city as local governments cannot come up with just one window hour scheme, said Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, chairman of the Metro Manila Council.

For instance, Manila and Quezon City cater to shoppers from neighboring cities and their market rules cannot apply to Paranaque, where 95 percent of shoppers are residents of the city, he told DZMM.

"Ang bawat isang siyudad nagkaroon po ng patakaran para dito sa window... Case-to-case basis iyong window hours na ibinibigay po ng bawat LGU," he said.

(Each city came up with its own regulations for the window hours. The LGUs set the window hours on a case-to-case basis.)

In Parañaque, all markets are closed on Wednesdays for decontamination and only senior citizens, persons with disability and pregnant women can shop on Sundays.

Shoppers are also barred from going to the market on certain days if their quarantine pass ends in the following digits:
1 and 2 - Monday
3 and 4 - Tuesday
5 and 6 - Thursday
7 and 8 - Friday
9 and 0 - Saturday

The interior department on Monday asked local governments to scrap window hours for grocery trips.

Shortening window hours would cause more shoppers to flock to markets, which would physical distancing harder to observe, said Olivarez.

DZMM, April 21, 2020