The fight against the pandemic is still ongoing, and authorities everywhere, including Southern Luzon, are continuously imposing strict protocols for the safety of the people. After Batangas was placed under modified general community quarantine or MGCQ, DILG-Batangas released new and updated guidelines for its citizens. Meanwhile, a Philippine Red Cross molecular laboratory in Batangas that can conduct 32,000 COVID-19 tests a day has gotten accredited. Shopping establishments in the province have also adjusted their operating hours to limit the movement of people.
Quarantine Updates: Updated guidelines released for areas under MGCQ
The Department of Interior and Local Government - Batangas has just released updated guidelines for all areas under modified general community quarantine or MGCQ. The new guidelines state that minimum public health shall continually be complied with at all times. Frequent hand washing, wearing of face masks, and social distancing must still be strictly observed. Movement of residents in areas under MGCQ will be limited to accessing essential goods and services and for work in permitted establishments.
Moreover, indoor and outdoor sports that do not require physical contact are allowed, provided wearing of face masks and social distancing protocols will be followed. Mass gatherings shall be limited to only 50% of the establishment’s capacity. Lastly, workplaces must still observe alternative working arrangements for employees who are 60 years old and above and have health risks. [1 & 2]
Robinsons Place Lipa announces new mall hours and new way to shop
In a social media post, Robinsons Place Lipa announced its new operating hours. Starting July 5, 2020, the mall will be open from Mondays to Sundays, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, but Robinsons Supermarket will be operating from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Robinsons has also introduced a new and innovative way of shopping during the new normal. Customers can now make use of the RPersonal Shopper where they can book a personal shopper to purchase items for them from multiple stores. All they have to do is book through Ala Ehxpress by contacting 0967 652 5901 or 0961 611 0720 or by sending a direct message to Kuya Padala at m.me/kuyapadala. Buyers can choose to call in their orders or drive by the pick-up station to claim their items. [3 & 4]
SM City Batangas announces adjusted mall hours
SM City Batangas released a public advisory regarding their adjusted operating schedule. The mall will now be operating from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and SM Supermarket will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM starting July 3, 2020 until further notice. 
Health News: Red Cross Laboratory bolsters COVID-19 testing in Batangas
Philippine Red Cross’ new molecular laboratory in Batangas City has just been accredited and it can now conduct a total of 32, 000 tests a day. PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard Gordon welcomed the accreditation of the molecular laboratory last Thursday, July 2, 2020. The lab is equipped with two automated ribonucleic acid extraction machines or Natch and four RT-polymerase chain reaction machines and is capable of 4,000 tests a day. 
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