Business owners have gotten a reminder from Malacañang to enforce the “no vaccine, no entry” policy strictly. If the number of COVID-19 cases in the country goes up again, after all, they will be heavily affected.
The statement was made by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque after the de-escalation of the government’s pandemic force of Metro Manila to Alert Level 2. This is meant to last from November 5 to 21.
During a press briefing, Roque told the media keeping COVID-19 rates down is entirely up to the general public.
“Government can only formulate policies,” he said in a mix of Tagalog and English. “We need the entire nation’s cooperation so our economy can recover and we can get back to our lives.”
In a statement aimed at business owners, Roque explained that COVID will definitely spread if unvaccinated people are allowed into establishments, which would create a domino effect. Alert levels will go back up, meaning businesses will have to close back down.
“So, businessmen, if you want your establishments to stay open, implement the ‘no vaccine, no entry’ policy,” he added in Tagalog.
Under Alert Level 2, businesses can operate at a 50% indoor capacity for individuals who are fully vaccinated and unvaccinated minors. Venue capacity is also at 70%.
The Palace has also given the public a warning against faking vaccination cards.