Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has approved an ordinance that will further boost the city’s contact tracing efforts through the full implementation of its “KyusiPass” contact tracing app.
In a statement, the QC government said the move resulted from reported cases of the more contagious and transmissible Delta COVID-19 variant in the country.
Ordinance No. PO21CC-456, introduced by Majority Floor Leader Franz Pumaren and Councilor Ram Medalla, requires establishments to prepare their QR Codes for the full implementation of the “KyusiPass” contact tracing app not later than Aug. 15, 2021.
The ordinance will also penalize business establishments not properly using the KyusiPass, following reports that bars recently closed by the city for violations of IATF and city government guidelines, were not using the contact tracing app for the purpose for which it serves.
“We found out that those bars have KyusiPass at their entrances for display only, but when we tried to contact trace their customers, their databases were empty,” Mayor Belmonte said.
“Such irresponsible behavior renders our contact tracing efforts useless and negatively affects our pandemic response. With the swift passage of this ordinance, we can now do random checks of various establishments and determine if they are really using the app properly,” she added.
The local chief executive underscored the need to immediately implement the digital contact tracing app to beef up the city’s contact tracing efforts amid the entry of the Delta variant in the country.
“Susi para mapigil ang pagkalat ng Delta variant ang pinatinding contact tracing na maaari nating makamit sa tulong ng Kyusi Pass,” Belmonte added.
The statement said the Quezon City Council earlier approved Ordinance No. 3019, S-2021 or the “KyusiPass” Ordinance. This provided business establishments with a six-month transition period before its full implementation.
“Considering the reported cases of a more contagious and transmissible COVID-19 variant, e.g. Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, there is a need to fully implement the “KyusiPass Ordinance” to not later than August 15, 2021,” the Ordinance stated.
Failure to comply with the ordinance will face a P3,000 fine and suspension of franchise and business permit for the first offense.
A P5,000 fine and suspension of franchise or business permit with the issuance of temporary closure order will be meted out for the second offense.
Third-time offenders, on the other hand, will have their business permit or franchise revoked and closed, on top of paying the P5,000 fine.
The QC government has implemented KyusiPass, a contact tracing app powered by SafePass, to provide contactless and more efficient contact tracing, in compliance with DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020-007 and IATF Resolution No. 42 Series of 2020, the advisory said.
Business owners must secure a dedicated QR Code per establishment from the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD), the statement added. —/mbmf