BAGUIO CITY – (Feb. 23, 2021) – Night market operations in Baguio City resumed Feb. 24 after a three-week hiatus caused by the city’s return to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status.

Stricter protocols were adopted to comply with GCQ restrictions.

Vending time will be from 8 to 11.30 PM with 30 minutes allotted prior and after for preparations and packing up.

Only 352 stalls (304 dry goods and 48 food) will be allowed to operate representing 1/3 of the original number of concessionaires to allow more spaces and avoid crowding.

 Entry and exit points will be limited and stricter health and safety protocols will be adopted for the business activity considering that the city is still under General Community Quarantine.

Patrons are reminded to strictly comply with the safety requirements like wearing of face masks and shields and observing physical distancing.

The operation temporarily ceased on Feb. 1 after the city with the rest of the Cordillera region was placed under GCQ status due to threat of the new Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant.

The night market like the rest of the businesses was badly hit by the pandemic.

It did not resume operation until December last year under strict health and safety protocols.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the reopening was part of the thrust to reopen the city’s economy and restore the livelihood of the displaced vendors.

However, he cautioned that reopening businesses should not mean sacrificing the health and safety of the people and setting aside the health protocols against the virus.

“We must strike a balance between reopening the economy and safeguarding the health and safety of the people.  This had been our new normal direction,” he said. — Aileen P. Refuerzo