The government of Quezon City announced it will impose a cap on the number of items or goods that a person can purchase during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila.
In a statement on Wednesday, the city government said it has set some limits on the purchase of goods to avoid hoarding and panic buying.
In the latest ECQ guidelines issued by the city government, the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) has been mandated to implement Ordinance No. SP-2948 S-2020 or “Regulating the Selling of Basic Necessities During Calamities.”
“We have to impose limits to avoid panic buying and hoarding that may lead to supply problems and could prevent other citizens from purchasing the needs of their families during the ECQ,” Belmonte said.
“Mas mabuti na ngayon pa lang ay nakalatag na ang polisiyang ito upang magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang lahat na makabili ng kanilang pangangailangan,” she added.
Under the said ordinance, a customer may only purchase five cans per brand of sardines while the purchase of other canned goods such as meat loaf and corned beef is limited to 10 cans per brand, among other goods.
Belmonte, however, assured residents that there is enough food supply in Quezon City while the delivery of goods will remain unhampered during the ECQ.
The local policy will take effect on midnight of August 6.
Metro Manila will be placed under ECQ from August 6 to 20. During this period, curfew hours will start from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. as agreed earlier by the Metro Manila Council.
Under the ECQ protocol, only persons going to and from work, authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) and those who have confirmed vaccination schedules are allowed to go out.
Dine-in, whether indoor or outdoor, is not allowed but restaurants and other food establishments may provide take-out or delivery services.
Belmonte also ordered the revival of quarantine passes issued by the barangay to no more than one person per household, preferably to a person who is fully-vaccinated and otherwise does not have a company ID or other APOR ID.
A ban on the selling of liquor and the operation of personal care services such as barbershops, nail spas, parlors and salons will also be implemented.
The mayor also mandated essential businesses that operate indoor facilities, such as supermarkets, palengkes and the like, to limit their capacity to ensure at least a two-meter distance among customers and ensure sufficient ventilation.
Business establishments allowed to operate should strictly implement the Kyusi Pass digital contact tracing method.
“A lessee inside a larger establishment (such as individual stores inside a mall) should also have its own KyusiPass contact tracing log. All establishments, institutions and facilities are required to provide their QR code scanners as mandated under the City’s Kyusi Pass Ordinance,” the city government said.