Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (file photo)

New and stricter health protocols for businesses that are currently operating amidst the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) are set to be implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to control the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). 

In an interview with GMA’s Unang Hirit, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that it will be mandatory for each establishment to put up separate isolation rooms. 

“Magre-release po tayo ng panibagong health protocol na magde-detalye nito, siguro by tomorrow. Iki-clear na lang natin sa IATF mamaya,” he said.

“Ito mga example nito ‘yung mga pagtalaga ng isolation rooms sa mga bawat offices,” Lopez added.

Lopez further explained that businesses can also coordinate with other establishments nearby once a worker tested positive for Covid-19.

“Kung may magpositibo sa kanilang hanay na mga workers ay merong paglalagyan na mga isolation rooms,” he said.

Meanwhile, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can direct their suspected patients to barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs).

Assigning health officers with training for safety measures against Covid-19 in offices is one of the new health protocols, Lopez added. RJ Espartinez