DOT to allow partial operations of hotel restaurants on June 15


Posted at Jun 14 2020 01:17 AM

DOT to allow partial operations of hotel restaurants on June 15 1
A staff member of a restaurant walks past mannequins wearing face masks and face shields displayed inside a restaurant, to simulate seating arrangements when restaurants will once again be allowed to cater to dine-in customers, at a mall in Manila on June 2, 2020, a day after the government eased up quarantine measures aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in the country's capital. Ted Aljibe, AFP

MANILA—Hotel restaurants in areas under general community quarantine are allowed to operate at 30 percent of their dine-in capacity on Monday, June 15, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday.

Partial dine-in operations are permitted in hotels and other accommodation businesses provided they strictly observe safety protocols, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

A composite team from members of the DOT, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will inspect establishments to monitor compliance, she added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Wednesday approved limited dine-in for restaurants and fast food branches on the trade department’s recommendation.

The DOT is also working together with the DTI and Talino Venture Labs to provide digital solutions for DOT-accredited businesses to help them meet the technological demands of the new normal.

The IATF-EID has adopted Talino Venture’s SafePass, a COVID-19 prevention and incident management platform for all businesses.

“Innovation is key to effectively implement and maintain health and safety protocols in their premises,” Puyat said.

“We can bounce back from our economic losses through our collective effort to ensure the health and safety of both employees and customers as more businesses gradually operate.”

The government gradually eased restrictions following months-long, coronavirus-induced lockdown, placing Metro Manila and other regions under general quarantine.

The rest of the country shifted to a modified GCQ, which is one step closer to the new-normal status, or the full lifting of community quarantine protocols.