Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista has allowed internet cafes to operate but under certain conditions.
The city government said Tuesday, June 30, before an establishment could open, it should pass first the inspection to be conducted by the City Government Compliance team.
“Pinayagan ni City Mayor Joseph Evangelista ang pagbubukas ng mga ito upang makaagapay ang mga nagmamay-ari na apektado ng Covid-19 pandemic,” it said.
The local government ordered the temporary closure of internet cafes since they do not belong to essential business establishments when the city was placed under the enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of virus. Kidapawan is now under modified general community quarantine, a more relaxed quarantine classification.
“Ilan lamang sa kinakailangang sundin ng mga internet cafѐs ay ang mga sumusunod: bawal papasukin ang mga bata para mag computer games, pagkakaroon ng business permits, 50% capacity, kinakailangang may isang metro o higit pang distansya ng mga papasok at gagamit ng computer, dapat may disinfectant solution gaya ng alcohol at hand sanitizers, operating hours na hindi lalagpas sa alas nuwebe ng gabi, at dapat nakasuot ng face mask ang mga papasok sa tindahan pati na ang mismong nagbabantay,” the local government said.
The purpose of entering the establishments should be research or education-related activities, such as online enrollment, it said.
The internet cafe which would be caught violating the quarantine protocol would face penalties, such as fine, cancellation of business permit and closure, it added.