Authorities strictly enforce health protocols against the spread of COVID-19 in Divisoria.
Many people are already coming to Divisoria, Wednesday morning, to shop at the stalls on Ilaya Street.
To remind people again, a large signboard has been put up in place regarding compliance with health protocols such as wearing a face mask and face shield and physical distancing. There is also a loudspeaker that repeatedly says the rules for people to hear.
There are also several police guards in the area where they have set up a tent at the corner of Recto Avenue that serves as a checkpoint. This is despite the lockdown in Manila Police District 11 which covers part of Divisoria.
Of the 121 policemen who took a swab test, 46 immediately tested positive for COVID-19 and another 38 policemen are awaiting the result.
Substations or police community precincts are first in-charge of the entire area.
Meanwhile, the number of people attending Baclaran Church usually decreases in the middle of the month on Baclaran day. But fewer churchgoers also contributed to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.
Health protocols strictly enforced in Divisoria
The number of worshipers at Baclaran Church in Parañaque City decreased this Baclaran Day, amid the continuing increase in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manila.
If the inside of the church used to be full and people lined up with markers in front of the building, it seemed like an ordinary day because of the decrease in people.
Aside from the escalation of the case, the return of the curfew also has an impact so the usually circular queue outside the compound for the first mass is only short.
However, the arrival of man between masses still continues. Many more of them are senior citizens.
Some churchgoers, such as Jun Rebacto and Evelyn Rivera, said they attended with courage despite the possible danger.
“Nakagawian na namin magsimba tuwing Wednesday. Bahala na po si Lord. Nagdadasal na lang kami na malayo kami sa ganoong sakuna ngayon. Sana matapos na ang pandemic na ito at makarekober na tayo,” said Rebacto.