dine-in under GCQ

Government considers allowing restaurants limited dine-in operations under GCQ


THE Philippine government is looking into the possibility of dine-in option for food establishments at a limited operation under the general community quarantine or GCQ.


DTI Chief Secretary Ramon Lopez on Thursday said that the operations of the food establishment will be half of its full capacity in order to ensure that health measures and social distancing will be observed.


Lopez added that there is a great chance that the dine-in option would be allowed under GCQ as long as health protocols will be observed.


The DTI Secretary raised the possibilities of limited dine-in operations following Senator Cynthia Villar’s suggestion to allow restaurants to open their services to dine-in customers.


According to Senator Villar, some restaurants are not good at delivery services, and some of these businesses might declare bankruptcy.


Lopez agreed with the senator and added that 70% of revenue comes from dine-in services.



To recall, restaurants and other food establishments in the country have been barred from dine-in operations to curb the spread of COVID-19.


The DTI Secretary said that the agency is currently visiting several food establishments like restaurants and fast-food chains to look into the application of health measures and that if they are “convinced” that it’s safe to eat and that minimum health measures can be implemented, DTI will endorse the opening of dine-in operations.




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