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Markets Now Allowed to Extend Operating Schedule for 12 Hours, Government Authorities Says

The government authorities announced that markets are now allowed to operate for a maximum of 12 hours amid the enhanced community quarantine.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that establishments and other businesses providing the basic necessities of the public could now extend their operating hours up to a maximum of 12 hours.

Nograles instructed the local government units to allow retail businesses such as drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, agri-fishery supply stores, public and private wet markets to extend their operating hours.

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The local official considered the extension of operating hours to prevent the congestions of people when buying their basic necessities in these establishments during the quarantine period.

However, the local government units will ensure that they will still impose strict social distancing measures. Employees of pharmacies and supermarkets are exempted from quarantine restrictions.

The Cabinet Secretary said that the Department of Trade and Industry was authorized to release the necessary guidelines to implement the order.

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“We recognize that this crisis has an impact not only on public health but also on the health of small businesses all around the country. Marami din sa inyo nag-aalala ‘di lang para sa pamilya niyo kundi ang mga bayarin,” Nograles said.

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