QC Mayor Requires Businesses to Use KyusiPass for Contact Tracing
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced on Sunday, March 7, that all businesses located in Quezon City are required to incorporate KyusiPass into their operations for employees and consumers alike.
KyusiPass is a contact tracing app, powered by SafePass, that records the necessary information for individuals entering and working in establishments in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
The initiative was made to help strengthen the city’s contact tracing efforts against COVID-19.
The mayor stated, “As far as practicable, all business establishments in QC must use our KyusiPass app to make contact tracing easier and faster for early detection of the virus.”
Belmonte noted that the initiative is included in the revised general community quarantine (GCQ) guidelines for the city, in relation to the latest issuances of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Under the latest guidelines, Belmonte also orders business owners to secure a dedicated QR code per establishment from the Business Permits and Licensing Department.
She added, “For clarity, a lessee inside a larger establishment, like individual stores inside malls, should have its own contact tracing log.”
Such establishments who rely on manual contact tracing must encourage their customers to bring their own pen when logging their name, address, and contact number, to reduce the possibility of contracting COVID-19.
Each establishment must make available a digital copy of their logs to the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit, should contact tracing be necessary.
Additionally, Belmonte ordered indoor cinemas, video game arcades, theme parks, and funfairs in the city to remain closed. The time-based restriction on liquor has also been lifted but drinking outdoors and on sidewalks are still restricted.
Belmonte further said that the Department of Public Order and Safety will deploy around 3,000 volunteers under the Barangay Disiplina Brigade program throughout the city to strictly enforce all COVID-19 related ordinances.