Manila gives free swab tests to essential workers

MANILA Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso gave free swab tests to cinema workers in the city in a bid to ensure they are COVID-free when movie theaters open to the public.

Moreno order the city health department to conduct RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests on cinema workers.

“We will not allow the reopening of cinemas unless workers are tested for the virus,” Moreno said in a meeting with the city’s mall managers yesterday.

“Those who wanted to return to work have to follow health protocols. This is also for their own good as well as their community’s,” the mayor added.

Moreno said reopening cinemas would help businesses to recover from the pandemic. Also entitled to free swab tests are janitors, security guards, tellers, porters, ticket tellers and snack bar attendants.

Asked what strategies mall owners will adopt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as to cinema reopening, here are the results, among others:

  • SM Malls: two-seat-apart arrangement
  • Robinsons: one-seat apart policy
  • Lucky Chinatown: would open only two of its four cinemas.

All malls will implement the fundamental “no face mask, no face shield, no entry” policy.


Manila opens COVID-19 Vaccine Action Center

Meanwhile, the city also opens its lines for queries and other assistance on the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccination program. Medical frontline staff are on standby to guide Manila residents of the process of the vaccination program down to post-vaccination concerns.


Featured image: Vaccination simulation shows frontline health worker administering a senior citizen with anti-Covid-19 vaccine. Photo courtesy Isko Moreno Domagoso

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