Quarantine slightly lifted

@rsa101 (27470)
Philippines
May 17, 2020 10:06pm CST
The government started to lighten up the quarantine restrictions around and some offices were allowed to operate already. But my office decided not to resume normal operations on the basis that majority of the officers in the office belonged to the 50s and above already which is high risks people that might just get the infection. Secondly, the availability of public transport is still very limited that most of the employees that do not have the car will have difficulty in finding ways to reach office. Although shuttle service is recommended by the government it would be hard for us since we are scattered around the metro and some are located in the provinces which may be difficult to reached for now.
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@louievill (27055)
• Philippines
18 May
I think your office is doing the right thing, to make decisions based on actual individual conditions. We need to " test the water first" as they say, think we need to do it gradually cause we are still on " modified " not yet total freedom
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
18 May
I guess we should not just follow as soon as the government declared it since they themselves have admitted that we are not totally safe from the virus yet. The danger is still out there they are just doing that to restart the economic activity.
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• Philippines
18 May
i agree. it should be on case-to-case basis. situations, manpower, resources, etc differ by industry, baranggay, even households.
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@louievill (27055)
• Philippines
18 May
@rsa101right, the threat is still there but there's also the threat of an economic or financial disaster if we continue with the lockdown and keep business closed, I think that's the main reason they have to modify it. A lot of stupid people think it's already freedom like what happened in the malls last Saturday, irresponsible movement like that risks us all going back to square one or worse
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@DianneN (176680)
• United States
19 May
I’ve heard that it’s a difficult situation for many, even in the USA.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
19 May
It actually started last Saturday and malls started to open up its stores and people rushed through it as it has been the favorite place of many people here that are trying to cool themselves away from the summer heat outside. Even the malls were ordered not to have their aircons full blast so people would not tend to stay there longer. Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of work but many we’re not able to go because public transportation was still not allowed and there were limited available option to travel from one place to another.
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@DianneN (176680)
• United States
19 May
@rsa101 Yes, public transportation is going to be a big issue. Stay safe!
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
20 May
@DianneN Government is suggesting to organize a shuttle service for employers to fetch their employees. But I doubt all employers can afford to have that.
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@kareng (28024)
• United States
18 May
It sounds like your company made a wise decision.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
18 May
For now but it I can imagine it being hard on the company not earning for almost a couple of months already. I can imagine it would be hard to start thing up again if ever this pandemic slows down from infecting many.
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@kareng (28024)
• United States
20 May
@rsa101 It is going to be a rough few months.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
20 May
@kareng It is since there are lots of checkpoints here and there and lots of things to observe when doing something outside your place.
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@eileenleyva (17851)
• Philippines
25 May
I know that the economy and business need the people up and about, but this CoViD-19 is mean. A soft opening is not advisable. Perhaps another month, just to be sure.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
25 May
We have not opened totally everyone’s still back home and doing what they can for the office. I am the only one authorized to go back to office and fetch whatever records we have back there and to go to banks to follow up and update records. After that I go back home to continue working at home as well.
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@eileenleyva (17851)
• Philippines
25 May
@rsa101 You must demand a hazard pay, ha ha. Violating the stay at home advice is hazardous to the health. Seriously, take care of your self when you hop from the office to the bank and elsewhere.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
25 May
@eileenleyva I am taking precautions in all my dealings getting as far from other people and making the transaction as quick as possible.
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@Alexandoy (59663)
• Cainta, Philippines
18 May
The public transport is my primary concern. Without it, people cannot travel to work so the new normal cannot be achieved.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
18 May
Most buses are complaining that halving their passenger loading would mean they have to increase the fares to be able to operate again. Some jeepneys are doing some changes in the seats like adding partitions on the seats and taxis are said to be doing that too to prevent any physical contact as much as possible with their passengers. This would mean that the demand for them would also increased because they can load less than what they can before.
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@Alexandoy (59663)
• Cainta, Philippines
18 May
@rsa101 it would be difficult for public transport if fares will not be increased. Even the tricycle is already complaining. Only the pedicab will survive because they are designed for 1 passenger and having 2 is considered a bonus.
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• Philippines
18 May
@rsa101 @Alexandoy i remember hearing that it should be the boundary that should be reduced (whatever public vehicle you are driving)
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@sofssu (23828)
20 May
Better to work from home until the infection rate goes down. There is also the scare of a second wave now.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
21 May
I am required to go to office and check it n some things. I might also bring my desktop home to be able to work on. Hopefully things will get better today.
@kepweng (30474)
• United States
20 May
Hope I heard better News from u Soon
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
20 May
Still reluctant yo go out actually since we are not out of the crisis yet. The opening up of economic activity might trigger second wave of infection. So we are still observing how things will go through.
@JudyEv (214263)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 May
I can imagine it would be difficult for your organisation to get everyone back to work at the moment.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
19 May
With lots of conditions to follow and the changes in the workplaces it would not be easy to just declare back to work without seeing the real situation at hand.
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@acelawrites (18298)
• Philippines
18 May
It is really hard for common employees without cars; they will be exposed to the virus!
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
18 May
Majority of our rank and files are traveling via public transport still and this is what my employer is afraid of. We may opt for a shuttle service but it is hard to fetch everyone from around the metropolis and those outside.
@sharon6345 (240292)
• United States
18 May
I know it will be a celebration everywhere then this is over with.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
18 May
Well it still quarantine with slight opening. No restaurants still to eat out to and shopping is still limited to essentials only so there’s not much to enjoy out yet. No movie houses, hotels and tourist spots are still not allowed to open too.
@Janet357 (50455)
18 May
are you from qc?
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
18 May
Working in qc but living in another city.
• Agra, India
18 May
Nothing opened in my city.the things are better at other places.
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@rsa101 (27470)
• Philippines
18 May
I think if cases are still high they should not allow to be lifted. There is a risk of getting a second wave of reinfections if it is lifted too soon.