Last June 15, restaurants in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) were allowed to offer dine-in services, but only at 30% capacity.
According to the Inter-Agency Task Force rules, establishments must follow health protocols strictly to prevent transmission of the virus. Such measures include transparent dividers for face-to-face seating, proper ventilation and at least a one-meter distance between tables.
Contactless orders are also the new normal; each table must be provided with a menu. Customers will also be required to fill out a health declaration form and restaurants are allowed to reject those with fever or respiratory symptoms.
An establishment’s compliance with the minimum health standards, social distancing, sanitation and hygiene will be evaluated via a “post-audit mechanism,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
He added that economic and public health considerations were taken into account in making the decision, citing that in Metro Manila, 11,000 individuals worked in restaurants.