Treñas asks IATF-MEID to allow re-opening of spas, gyms, fitness/wellness centers

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas has asked the IATF to allow for the re-opening of spas, gyms, and fitness and wellness centers in the city after almost three months of closure due to the high quarantine classification of the metro that left their owners and employees with no steady source of income. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS/Photos courtesy of the Philippine News Agency and Polomap)

ILOILO CITY–On the very first day that Iloilo City’s quarantine classification was de-escalated to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) after some 45 days under the most-restrictive Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Mayor Jerry Treñas is already asking the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to allow the operation of spas, gyms, and fitness and wellness centers in the city following the re-opening of barbershops, salons, and dine-in food establishments.

In a letter sent to the IATF, he requested for the reopening of these establishments but only under certain conditions: 1) that all employees must wear face masks and other protective gear while on-duty and inside said establishments; 2) regular sanitation and disinfection measures should be practiced inside said establishments; 3) air humidifiers must be installed in the establishments prior to re-opening; and 4) majority of the employees of the said establishments must be fully-vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The city mayor reasoned out that in the almost three months that the city was placed under MECQ and then ECQ starting May 23, the owners and employees of the said establishments had no steady source of income.

“It’s about time they returned to working and earning for their families,” he stated.

To note, Iloilo City is already experiencing a major slide in new cases compared to the early half of June this year when active cases shot to their highest at 2,661.

Presently, based on the latest COVID-19 Regional Case Bulletin dated August 15, 2020, Iloilo City has 1,354 active cases, fourth in the region behind Iloilo Province (3,300), Aklan (2,135), and Negros Occidental (1,383). It also has 13,073 recoveries, also fourth in Western Visayas, while having 388 deaths, third in the region. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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