Buffets prohibited, fast-food dining allowed under modified general quarantine

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 02 2020 02:05 PM | Updated as of Jun 02 2020 03:58 PM

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Buffets will remain closed even in modified general community quarantine areas. ABS-CBN News file photo

MANILA (UPDATE)-- Buffets and self-service food bars remain prohibited while fast-food can resume in-store dining in areas under modified general community quarantine, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Restaurants and fast-food chains in modified GCQ areas may resume dine-in up to 50 percent capacity, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Pinayagan na po ang dine-in operations pero hindi po nangangahulugang piyesta at inuman na. At sa ngayon po ang dine-in ay para lamang sa MGCQ," he said in a Palace press briefing.

"Sa pagset-up ng service station, walang buffet at self-service areas para sa food bar, condiments, at utensils," he added.

The modified GCQ is the transition point to the "new normal" or the full lifting of community quarantine measures.

Restaurants that will reopen must adhere to minimum health standards such as face masks, and physical distancing, he said.

Food establishments that will violate minimum health standards may be closed by the Department of Trade and Industry, Roque said.

Most parts of the country have shifted to a modified GCQ with the exemption of Metro Manila, Pangasinan province, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, Davao City, and Zamboanga City which are under GCQ.

Here are the complete guidelines on minimum health protocol for dine-in restaurants and fast food establishments: