Quarantine-exempted plants to further curb movements

March 20, 2020

Manufacturing facilities allowed to operate during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon are encouraged to shut down their factories to further limit the movement of people.

Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon Lopez appealed to factories with one to two months inventory in their warehouses to halt their operations during the quarantine period in Luzon.

“Actually, we will encourage you to even stop operation and let your inventories supply the requirements of the supermarkets,” Lopez said.

He added this would help to ease the queue of cargoes in the checkpoints and further reduce the movement of people.

President Duterte placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine until April 12, 2020.

Establishments were ordered to shut down their operations but manufacturing related to basic necessities, such as food, medicine, and medical supplies, and hygiene products such as alcohol, sanitizers, and disinfectants, as well as export-oriented producers, were exempted.

“It’s not the normal. We need to cooperate if we want to succeed. We don’t want to see after 30 days that we still have the outbreak here,” the DTI chief said.

He also urged manufacturers that need to continue their operations amid the enhanced community quarantine to provide accommodation for their employees inside or nearby their facilities to limit the risk of getting Covid-19.

Lopez said companies would also provide shuttle services to their employees as there is no available public transportation during the quarantine period.