The Quezon City local government warned the establishments after discovering that some did not implement contact tracing.
According to Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), the city ordinance mandates establishments must enforce the use of the contact tracing app KyusiPass.
“Dapagt ine-ensure ng management na na-accomplish [ang] pag-scan ng QC code, nakikita pag-fill up,” said Cruz.
CESU allegedly found that many do not respond to the contact tracing app in establishments following the closure of a bar in the city recently.
The bar violated health protocol, which is featured in a viral video that shows a group of people partying while not wearing face masks.
“To be able to contact sana [‘yong mga] tao doon, we checked the contact tracing app KyusiPass. ‘Pag check, walang naka-log. Obviously, ‘di ginamit,” said Cruz.
“Halimbawa, may magkasakit sa club na ‘yon, we have no way of contact tracing ng mga kasama niya kasi wala tayong info,” he added.
The local government is giving establishments until Aug. 15 to arrange for the implementation of KyusiPass, Cruz said.
QC gov’t warns establishments not following contact tracing
According to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, some don’t take the information in the contact tracing app seriously and label it with other names such as “Wonder Woman” and “Spongebob.”
Meanwhile, concerning the threat of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, Quezon City intends to stop town weddings in the city for now.
“We will be strict in enforcing no mass gatherings [especially] as most of those we have observed are related to campaigning. Baka ‘wag muna mag-kasalan bayan or magbigay ng ayuda na may program at talumpati pa,” said Belmonte.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila mayors have asked to extend further the contracts of contact tracers, most of which will expire on August 3.
The mayors believe that the 5,775 contact tracers have helped greatly due to the drop in new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila every day.
According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Department of Labor and Employment funding is limited.
But they will be forced to allocate P200 million for a 2 -month extension of the contact tracers’ contract.