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RELAXING CURBS | More customers for dine-in services allowed by July 21
July 14, 2020 , 04:15 PM

(July 14, 2020) – The Philippines will further relax quarantine protocols next week as it grapples with the economic downturn in its effort to control the coronavirus, allowing restaurants and fast food chains to accept more dine-in customers , the trade industry secretary said on Tuesday.

Starting next week, Ramon Lopez said fast food chains and restaurants in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) can increase capacity from 30 percent to 50 percent. Areas under modified GCQ (MGCQ) could accept more customers from 50 percent to 75 percent, he added.

Lopez also appealed to local government units to extend their curfew from 10 pm to 12 midnight so restaurants can accept more customers, citing about 40 to 50 percent of revenues come from dinner services.

“Kung mapuputol ng maaga, bawas kita sa mga manggagawa at micro SMEs,” Lopez said in a virtual Laging Handa briefing.

The trade secretary is pushing for more businesses to open despite rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, citing a 92 to 100 percent compliance rate after monitoring about 400 establishments every day.

On Monday, the Philippines recorded more than 57,000 cases–35,000 of which are considered to be active. Several major hospitals in Metro Manila also declared their COVID beds were full.

BARTER TREND

The trade department also warned against bartering, which has become a trend in social media groups after online selling during quarantine.

“Bawal po saka nalalag ang tax law dyan,” Lopez said.
He said this was only allowed in limited places of Mindanao in order to improve their livelihood.

The department has also received some 10,000 complaints regarding online scams during the quarantine period compared to 1,000 back in January. They have asked the national police and investigators to take action on these matters.

Lopez also encouraged online sellers to register with DTI and the Bureau of Internal Revenue for consumer protection. (Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)

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