‘Wag padalos-dalos! Ruffy Biazon: Reopening of businesses must be synced with COVID-19 vaccination plans


Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said the reopening of businesses must be synchronized with COVID-19 vaccination plans to boost the confidence of consumers.

Biazon issued the statement after Metro Manila mayors expressed reservations on the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to allow the reopening of cinemas and other indoor leisure establishments in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

“If we open the businesses without a confidence-building measure such as a vaccination program, the consumer response may not be enough to sustain the overhead cost, as well as lead into another surge of infections,” the lawmaker said.

The Metro Manila Council, composed of mayors in Metro Manila and presided by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair, eventually deferred the reopening of cinemas amid the surge of COVID-19 infections in the metro.

Biazon said the reopening of businesses should also be localized depending on which local government units have already begun COVID-19 vaccinations.

“The reopening of businesses should be staggered and based on which LGUs have already implemented their respective COVID-19 vaccine plans. This way, we can ensure that the patrons going to these businesses will not be at risk for infection to the coronavirus and become unknowing vectors,” he said.