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Makati Mayor Binay Signs Executive Order Imposing Social Distancing Guidelines

The Makati mayor announced a curfew, closure of establishments, and 'otso-otso'.

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay signed Executive Order (EO) No. 10 on March 15 to impose social distancing guidelines in Makati City amid the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a Facebook Live video, the mayor announced that the EO will take effect starting March 16. 

WATCH: Makati Mayor Abby Binay signs Executive Order No. 10 imposing social distancing guidelines in Makati.

With 14 confirmed cases in the city as of today, the local government will declare a state of calamity to easily access the quick response fund. Binay said that the city council is already working on the resolution.

To contain the disease, Binay orders health and safety measures for the Makati citizens or Makatizens:

  1. A curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m will be implemented. "Ito pong oras na ito ay pinag-usapan ng lahat ng Metro Manila mayors," she said. Call center agents and health professionals are among the exempted from the ordinance. 
  2. All malls in Makati will be closed except for groceries, banks, restaurants with delivery services, pharmacies, diagnostic centers, and 24/7 convenience stores. Hotels and condotels will remain open but the restaurants must only serve the guests. 
  3. City-run facilities such as schools, basketball courts, swimming pools, barangay halls, and multipurpose halls will be closed but the City Hall will remain open on Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a skeletal workforce that will not process applications for yellow cards (Makati health card) or white cards (Makati senior citizen ID) for example.
  4. All resto-bars, KTVs, cocktail lounges, theatres, gyms, private courts will also be closed starting on Monday. As a rule of thumb, the Makati Mayor said that an establishment can remain open if they can practice social distancing. "Kung ang negosyo ninyo ay 'di pwedeng malayo... hindi po pwedeng mag-practice ng social distancing... 'di po sila pwedeng maging bukas," she said. 
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Mayor Binay assured Makatizens that the local government is prepared for COVID-19. She said, "Handang-handa po ang Makati (Makati is very prepared)." She added that Makati has isolation rooms and equipment to fight the disease, with their own testing kits waiting for purchase approval. The city has been disinfecting public facilities every day since February as per the health department's directive according to the mayor. 

Despite the confidence, the mayor is asking for the cooperation of the residents. In line with bigger efforts to disinfect the city, Binay also mentioned a gimmick that will help Makatizens make disinfecting their homes a habit: Otso-otso (Eight-eight). She explained that families must disinfect their homes twice a day—first at 8:00 a.m. and second at 8:00 p.m.

She also asked for more nurses and volunteers to sign up for the city's surveillance team. 

As a reminder, Mayor Binay said, "Hindi po biro ang COVID-19... The best defense for this virus is to stay at home. Kung [lumabas] ng bahay… maligo muna at [siguraduhing] malinis (ang sarili) para kung may makuha tayong virus 'di natin mapasa sa ating minamahal (If you're coming from outside, take a bath and make sure you're clean so if ever you caught the virus, you won't pass it on to your loved ones)." 

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The mayor will lift the city's number coding on March 16 to help commuters move around amid the limited public transportation. 

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