The Department Interior and Local Government (DILG), through Secretary Eduardo Año, said that local government units (LGUs) are advised lift “window hours” for going to the market amid the Luzon-wide quarantine.
“I’m advising all LGUs to lift the so-called window hours for (going to market) or buying,” Año said.
Some LGUs imposed specific times, or “window hours”, when residents with quarantine passes are allowed to leave their houses to go out and buy supplies.
But Año said that setting hours for buying food at the market only results in clustering of people, defeating the call for “social distancing” (a.k.a. physical distancing, the term used for people to stay away from others by being at least six feet away from another person in public spaces).
The DILG head said that “it should be 12 hours, and observing strictly social distancing.”
Año similarly said that while quarantine passes can be good control measure, there is “no hard rule” on issuing the same. But he said that representatives of each family should be allowed to go the market with or without quarantine passes.
The Luzon-wide Enchanced Community Quarantine took effect on March 17, but the the government has been continuously refining the guidelines for it in clarificatory briefings and issuances.