A “compassionate policy” for street vendors and hawkers was recently enforced in Quezon City, as directed by Mayor Joy Belmonte to local officials.
The directive was given in light of the “continuing hardships arising from the pandemic” and specified that “there shall be no confiscation of goods.”
The supplemental guidelines for the Christmas season state that vendors, hawkers and ambulant micro-entrepreneurs must secure a hawker’s permit from the city’s Market Development and Administration Department.
Other requirements are that vendors be fully vaccinated, wear face masks and have alcohol bottles for disinfection by staff. Customers, meanwhile, must observe social distancing.
Vendors must also display their stall or vendor numbers, observe the demarcation lines between their stalls and maintain cleanliness and orderliness at all times.
In related news, the city government had also approved Christmas bazaars provided that traders, salespeople, exhibitors and organizers are fully inoculated. They must also abide by protocols regarding capacity limits, queueing areas with thermal scanning and the use of the KyusiPass digital contact tracing app. Outdoor or alfresco events are also encouraged.