Non Essentials Allowed To Manufacture But Here’s What They Need To Do First

With the lifting on restriction for certain sectors under National Recovery Plan even for those in Phase 1, there has been some confusion on what are the new SOP’s for these facilities.

For one, the reopening is mostly for those who have received both doses of the vaccine and have gone through the 14 day incubation period. In line with this development, manufacturing sector companies that are not listed as essential services in Phase 1 and 2 areas are allowed to operate based on the rate of their fully vaccinated workers; and sectors listed as essential services in Phase 1, 2 and 3 areas are allowed to increase their capacity based on the rate of fully vaccinated workers.

Based on the announcement here are the conditions businesses have to comply if they want to reopen and not get any summons for breaking the rules. To begin with for those who have workers vaccinated between 40% – 59% they will be allowed to operate at 60% capacity, meanwhile if they meet the 60% – 79% mark of workers vaccinated they will then be allowed to operate at 80% capacity. In order to operate fully and with full staff force, they must meet the 80% – 100% threshold of staffs fully vaccinated.

Once the above is met, businesses must next declare the number and names of their fully vaccinated employees in the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System 3.0 system. After which they can download the latest approval letter to operate. Access to CIMS 3.0 for the vaccination rate declaration is currently limited to only the manufacturing sector. Verification of the employee vaccination rates will be done through the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Do take note that officers will be making periodic verification visits to factories, outlets and business places.

Next in addition to the existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), companies are required to conduct the RTK Antigen Testing as approved by the MOH through self-testing or at health facilities every two weeks for employees, this is encouraged as a proactive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 among employees. Current SOPs
such as physical distancing, wearing of facemasks and others are still applicable and mandatory for the company.

At these moment, the guideline government would like to remind companies of the obligation to fully comply with SOPs and non-compliance is an offense that can result in legal action including fines or closure of the company for a specified period.

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