Starting July 21, restaurants and other food establishments will be able to accept more customers as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) eyes to further increase their capacities.
In a message sent to the media, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said dine-in services will be allowed to open up to 50 percent in GCQ areas and up to 75 percent in MGCQ areas.
That’s an improvement to the current situation where dine-in is only allowed up to 30 percent in GCQ areas and up to 50 percent in MGCQ areas.
“This is subject to strict social distancing, frequent sanitation of hands, wearing of mask when not eating, and (a) better exhaust system for air-conditioned restaurants,” Lopez said.
He said while capacity of dine-in services will expand, implementing health protocols should be stricter and customers need to be extra careful.
Health experts said there is a higher risk of transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) especially in closed spaces like restaurants.
A new memorandum circular (MC) expanding dine-in capacity will be issued this week, Lopez said.
The DTI earlier issued an MC that expands the services offered by barbershops and salons, as well as their capacity from 30 percent to 50 percent in GCQ areas, and from 50 percent to 75 percent in MGCQ areas effective July 16.
“We just have to manage and live with the virus. It will be here to stay. [We] need to balance health and economy and time to restart the economy. [We] provide more livelihood at this time,” Lopez said.
He added treatments are getting better with more recoveries.
Covid-19 cases in the Philippines reached 56,259 on July 12, of which 38,679 are active cases.
Testing capacity and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing laboratories in the country also increased.
As of July 11, the country tested 978,651 individuals and testing laboratories climbed to 85. (via PNA | Photo by Razon’s by Glenn Iloilo)