City conducts night inspections to check on protocol compliance

BAGUIO CITY – (Feb. 11, 2021) – The City Government has resumed the conduct of night inspections to ensure that establishments are complying with the minimum public health standards and the General Community Quarantine guidelines.

The nightly operations are jointly conducted by the Permits and Licensing Division, Public Order and Safety Division and the Baguio City Police Office.

City Licensing Officer Allan Abayao said 33 establishments were inspected last Feb. 6 and 8 and checked for compliance with the requirements on the use of face masks as per Ordinance No. 45-2020; social distancing (Ordinance No. 46-20202); face shield (Executive Order no. 93-2020); sale or consumption of liquor (EO 171 and 195) and the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines.

Abayao said that six were issued notices of violations on the face mask requirement; five on social distancing and two on the liquor directive.

Twenty-one establishments were issued warning for face shield use violations, 31 for violating the liquor consumption rule and 33 for GCQ rule transgressions.

Meanwhile, the seven establishments that were closed earlier for repeated protocol violations had been permitted to reoperate after satisfying the city’s requirements for restitution.

Abayao said to be allowed to reopen, owners and employees of the establishments must undergo a seminar on minimum public health standards, must submit commitment to observing the protocols at all times and must comply with all the sanitation requirements.

Abayao stressed that these establishments were padlocked because of their habitual offense.

“First-time offenders are not closed outright but are issued notices of violations,” he said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo