Government decided to ease restrictions for food establishments in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).
Restaurants will be limited to seating 30% of their dine-in capacity starting June 15.
According to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo on Thursday, June 11, “We thank the IATF for approving yesterday the proposal to at least allow the resumption of work of our countrymen employed in restaurants especially those in dine-operations.”
Lopez explained that dine-in services in GCQ areas need to be revived since it comprises 70 to 80 percent of restaurants’ operations.
“We are doing this essentially in the interest of workers so they can get back to work, get back to their jobs. We shall be doing this on a gradual basis, in other words, start at 30-percent operating capacity,” he said in an earlier interview with CNN Philippines, confirming the approval of the recommendation.
“This is some kind of preparation for the eventual de-escalation of Metro Manila and similar areas from GCQ and modified GCQ in the near future,” he added.
Physical distancing measures should be strictly observed by spacing tables 1.5 meters apart. Other health protocols such as wearing of face masks by restaurant staff should likewise be observed. Acrylic or clear barriers between customers may also be installed.
The recommendations of the IATF will be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte. He is expected to meet with the task force in Manila on Monday.