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COVID-19 Roxas Night Market vendors told to follow anti-Covid protocols — or else

September 14, 2020 - Monday 8:09 PM by Davao City Information Office

Article Banner Image After six months of closure due to the COVID-19 community quarantines, the Roxas Night Market in Davao City reopened Saturday, 12 September 2020 with strict health protocols implemented to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease. Temperature checks are done and only those with face masks and shields are allowed in but at the entrance, they have to remove these briefly to show their faces to authorities. A handwashing station has been made available. Twenty-nine stalls have been allowed to operate but only eight stalls were installed on Saturday. MindaNews photo by GREGORIO C. BUENO

The Davao City government on Monday reminded all vendors at the newly-reopened Roxas Night Market to strictly follow health protocols set in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

The reminder also goes for all Dabawenyos going to the Roxas Night Market which reopened on Saturday, September 12. 

Mayor Sara said vendors found violating the measures imposed by the city government will be blacklisted. 

“Importante sa atoa nga makita sa mga tao, makita sa uban kung unsa ang strikto nga pag implement sa strict health protocols (People must see how strict we are in implementing the health protocols). We should set as an example,” Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said. 

The mayor bared that during the baseline swabbing of all vendors conducted three days before the reopening of the Roxas Night Market three (3) individuals tested positive of the coronavirus. 

“From the baseline swabbing that we conducted three days before the opening, two (2) vendors and one (1) security personnel have tested positive and they are already in our temporary treatment and monitoring facility,” she said. 

City Health Officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte reminded all vendors and personnel of the health protocol. 

“We will be very strict. Just one offense done by the vendor, they will not be allowed to operate at the night market anymore,” Villafuerte said.  

All vendors at the night market are required to wear a hairnet, face mask, and face shield at all times while working.

Patrons are asked to prepare their IDs for contact tracing purposes, wear facemasks and face shields, observe social distancing and to use foot bath and handwashing and sanitation stations. 

Additional security measures are also in place. Backpacks, non-transparent water bottles, and jackets are not allowed inside the night market.