To avoid superspreader events: Joy Belmonte sets guidelines for giving out ‘ayuda’

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued a set of guidelines for distributing relief goods or “ayuda” during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to avoid “superspreader” events.

Based on the memorandum issued by Belmonte, the only humanitarian events allowed during ECQ are the distribution of financial and medical aid and relief goods or “ayuda”, the social amelioration program, vaccination activities, and other highly essential activities.

Handing out donations in kind such as food and household supplies should be done in a strictly door-to-door manner.

On the day of the distribution, the ayuda, in the form of food or materials, should be placed in front of beneficiaries’ houses, preferably on prepositioned chairs and tables.

Belmonte said the donor group should be composed of no more than five individuals who must be fully vaccinated or have received full dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The entire distribution party should not exceed 10 persons.

“It will be safer for our residents or beneficiaries to stay at home and wait for the ayuda than for them to congregate at another venue. This way, we are sure that their risk from exposure is less if not zero,” said Belmonte.