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GenSan businesses ignoring COVID-19 protocols could lose permits

November 25, 2020 - Wednesday 7:11 PM by PNA

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Business establishments here that continue to ignore the mandated minimum health standards and control measures against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) could later lose their licenses or permits.

Geraldine Zamora, head of the city permits and licensing division, issued the warning on Wednesday in the wake of the ongoing intensified monitoring and inspection of businesses regarding their compliance with the Covid-19 protocols.

She said their inspection teams visited at least 80 establishments since the campaign started last week.

“Most of our businesses are complying with the health protocols and there are some that need improvement but we also found establishments that are not compliant at all,” she said in an interview over local television program “Morning Hataw.”

Zamora said they found three beach resorts that were not compliant during the surprise inspections.

These were marked with red badges to warn the public that they are non-compliant with the Covid-19 protocols and measures, she said.

Compliant establishments were given gold badges while those that still need improvement were issued with blue badges.

The official said at least two teams from their office are currently doing surprise visits to concerned establishments within the city’s 26 barangays.

She said they are mainly checking the compliance to the health protocols and measures set in Executive Order No. 48 issued by Mayor Ronnel Rivera and the guidelines adopted by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

These include the wearing of face mask and face shield by employees and customers of the business establishments; presence of signage regarding Covid-19 measures in entrances; installation of footbaths and hand washing stations, and regular disinfection; temperature check; and, scanning of the quick response or QR coded cards of customers for contact tracing.

Establishments should not cater to residents aged below 18-years-old based on local government’s protocol.

Zamora said those who received red badges will have seven days to comply and subjected to follow-up inspection.

“If they remain non-compliant or not make any effort at all to implement the measures, we will recommend that their business permits will not be renewed next year,” she said. Allen Estabillo