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Allow Only Fully Vaccinated in Malls, Restaurants, and Others Establishments in NCR After ECQ

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, where the transmission rate has exceeded the average countrywide rate of COVID-19 infections, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said that it is time for both the government and the private sector to consider implementing stronger measures in the National Capital Region (NCR) to effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion

“We are pushing for establishments in NCR, such as malls, restaurants, and others, to allow only fully vaccinated individuals so we can create safer bubbles. For example, dining areas with fully vaccinated restaurant crew serving fully vaccinated dine-in customers. This is of course upon having enough fully vaccinated residents in a certain city in Metro Manila,” Concepcion said.

He cited data from the Philippine General Hospital which found 187 individuals out of the total of 265 COVID-19 patients admitted as of August 15 were unvaccinated. The San Lazaro Hospital, meanwhile, reported that 82 percent of the total severe and critical cases of COVID-19 were also unvaccinated individuals.

“Implementing stronger measures during the ECQ in NCR, even if it is extended, will preserve the benefits of the lockdown. It will prevent us from compromising what we have already achieved so far, and what we can achieve in the future. We’ll finally reap the benefits of our sacrifices,” he said.

Concepcion added that the Philippines must benchmark against similar measures in other countries. In Jakarta, malls reopened at 25 percent capacity, but only to fully vaccinated individuals. Singapore, which has vaccinated 75 percent of its population, is allowing the fully vaccinated to resume activities that require the removal of masks and even gather in groups of no more than five people.

“We have seen in France under President Macron’s leadership that restricting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals is not only effective in preventing the spread of the virus, but also in encouraging people to get vaccinated,” he said.

Concepcion said that limiting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals, especially in Metro Manila, is not impossible given the aggressive inoculation rollouts already in effect during the ECQ.

“It will not be imposed unreasonably. That’s why there is a milestone in terms of the percentage of vaccinated individuals. We are aware that we need to vaccinate more people before we drastically do this. That is why we are aggressively rolling out our vaccination program in the country especially here in NCR even during the current lockdown,” Concepcion said.

“In the end, these measures will also encourage people to do their civic duty and take the vaccines. There may be more variants to come, but we have to realize that vaccination is the only key. The private sector wants to see an end to these lockdowns. A ‘close open’ type of economy is something we cannot afford to have.”

3 Tips for Event Planning During COVID

Whether you are planning for a wedding, a small gathering or a business get together, COVID has changed the landscape of events. Fortunately, there are ways to organize an event without putting people at risk. Follow this guide for three quick tips for safe gatherings.   

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Choosing a Venue  

The first decision you need to make is where to host the event. When selecting a venue, you want to look at where you can have proper ventilation or free moving air. If choosing somewhere outside, you may want to invest in a spot cooler rental South Florida; this will help your guests stay comfortable in the heat. Additionally, take the time to review the space available as well, to ensure that your guests can safely socially distance.

Preparing for Safety  

Making your guests feel safe should be a top priority. One of the easiest ways to do this is by setting up hand washing and hand sanitizer stations. For food services, limit who is serving food. When possible, set up trash cans with foot pedals rather than ones where guests may need to touch. By putting these sorts of safety measures in place, you can make sure your guests are protected throughout the event. 

Managing a Guest List  

Finally, go through your guest list. Start by looking at local ordinances for gatherings to help you keep your numbers under the legal limits. Then, check that you have found alternative ways of participating for high-risk guests, such as via Zoom. Next, send out the invitations, offering options for people to take part online; or not attend if they feel uneasy. By keeping the conversation open, your guests will feel comfortable no matter how they attend. 

No matter how your event looks, keeping your guests safe should be your highest priority. Just don’t forget to enjoy yourself as well.