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Can’t let guard down: Toby Tiangco OKs stricter safety measures vs COVID-19

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Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco has signed three ordinances imposing stricter safety measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

City Ordinance No. 2021-19 imposes aP5,000 fine for violators of the 10PM–5AM curfew hours, mandatory wearing of facemask, and 24-hour curfew for minors who are unable to present valid government identification (ID) cards.

Meanwhile, City Ordinance No. 2021-20 mandated the installation of impermeable transparent plastic or acetate barrier for the driver compartment and in between rows of seats of public utility jeepney (PUJ) and the maintenance of such in good condition.

City Ordinance No. 2021-21 amended Section 6 of City Ordinance No. 2020-40 or the “Wear Your Face Shield Ordinance of Navotas City.”

It stated that those caught not wearing face shield while using public transportation, or while in the workplace, markets, and other enclosed public places or establishments within the city will be meted with corresponding penalties.

First-time violators shall undergo mandatory RT-PCR test to be scheduled within a week from the time of apprehension and at the discretion of the City Health Office.

Second-time offenders will be slapped with P500 fine or 16 hours of community service under supervision of any city government department or office, if apprehended within 14 days of their first violation. If 14 days had passed, they shall undergo another free, mandatory swab testing.

“We urge everyone to continue to follow the minimum safety protocols. Wear your face mask properly. Wear your face shield when necessary. Practice social distancing. Always wash your hands with soap and water or disinfect with alcohol. And stay at home as much as you can. These simple deeds can save lives, and these can help us end the pandemic,” Tiangco said.