Colorful Openings In the Now

A colorful three-dimensional (3D) ocean-themed painting with a length of 30 meters is an additional attraction on Clavaria Road in Barangay Malued, Dagupan City.

It was done for two days by local artist Joel Pangan.

It features a large sea turtle, a variety of fish, sharks, and the famous fish Nemo.

For the barangay, this is a big help to relieve stress in the middle of the pandemic.

“It can help to keep people from being stressed because they always think about COVID. COVID is their fear. Just to get rid of that fear even a little bit can give them good vibes,” said Filipina Delos Santos, chairman of the barangay.

The barangay, on the other hand, ensured that health protocols such as physical distancing and wearing masks are followed by those who visit and take pictures.

‘Re-charm program’ after lockdown? Gym rules laid out.

The Beginning

August 1, limited openings of gyms and other fitness centers in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) will come bacl again.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has already approved the recommendation to allow 30 percent of gym operations.

“These activities that we are incorporating now should be in the modified GCQ. We do not reach the modified GCQ so it has been reconsidered and included in the GCQ just to be able to open,” said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez.

GFC chains such as the UFC and Gold’s Gym Philippines have already provided the DTI with a reopening plan and safety protocols.

On the proposal, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. that gym hours instead of 6 a.m. to midnight.

It is also necessary to make an appointment before using the facility.

“I want to limit contact and will limit the time. So there is a reservation scheme so that they can disperse immediately,” said Alex Dayrit, business development director of Gold’s Gym.

Workout arrivals should also be worn as lockers and shower rooms remain closed.

All incoming and outgoing health checks will do implement and a no-mask-no-entry policy will do implement. Group classes were also canceled first.

If you used to be able to hang out in the gym all day, now the workout is strictly one hour.

This is to allow for the disinfection of equipment every hour.

There is also a no contact policy between trainers and members and weekly rotation of gym staff for their safety.

It is still impossible to say whether the partial operation of the gyms is enough to revive the fitness industry.

“Not all will open. We still have to see if we have to let go of some branches,” said Dayrit.

Apart from Metro Manila, here are some other places that will be put on GCQ from August 1 to 15:

• Bulacan
• Batangas
• Cavite
• Laguna
• Rizal
• Cebu City
• Lapu-Lapu City
• Mandaue City
• Talisay City
• Minglanilla
• Consolacion
• Zamboanga City

Apart from the gym and fitness centers, limited operations will also be allowed by the following:

• internet cafe
• testing and tutorial centers
• review centers
• personal grooming and aesthetic services
• pet grooming services
• drive in cinemas
• sports facilities

COVID-19 cases in Tagaytay hit 34 but the opening of tourism continued

The number of victims of COVID-19 in Tagaytay City has reached 34 but despite this, the local government is preparing for the reopening of tourism.

From time to time, mobile public address systems will rotate in Tagaytay. City to remind the public to always follow the implemented health protocols.

The LGU wants to control the increase in the number of people affected by the virus. Especially since tourism is their livelihood.

Vendors feel the hardships of life when tourists disappear.

Maripeth Supan, who used to sell 100g bags of espasol, is now lucky enough to get 30 bags a day.

According to the city health office, since Tagaytay did subject to general community quarantine and boarders were opened, the number of victims of COVID-19 immediately hit 34.

Most come from Metro Manila.

“Most of those are workers and business people. They are going back to work inside Tagaytay. We do not have any local transmission. We do not have any community transmission,” said Dra. Liza Capupus, head of the city health office.
Various sights in Tagaytay remain closed. Hotels are still allow to open.

Restaurants are ready to open but only up to 50 percent of capacity allow in accordance with IATF guidelines.

Whereas Tagaytay City is said to be preparing for the reopening of tourism even though there are still cases of COVID-19.

To continue

“All are ready because we have inspected the hotels, restaurants and establishments here in Tagaytay. Most of those 29 cases are about to graduate because they have finished the quarantine, recover,” Capupus explained.

So far, Tagaytay City is just waiting for the IATF go signal for the reopening of the city’s tourism known for its cool climate and beautiful scenery of Taal volcano.