Bars, restaurants in clubhouses allowed to reopen at limited capacity in MGCQ areas

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2020 02:25 PM | Updated as of Jun 24 2020 10:55 AM

Restaurants in Uptown Bonifacio in Taguig City implement physical distancing measures for dine-in customers on June 18, 2020, amid the general community quarantine. Restaurants are currently allowed to accept dine-in customers up to 30 percent capacity with health protocols in place prior to entry to establishment. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE)-- The government has allowed food establishments in clubhouses to operate at a limited capacity as it eased more restrictions on businesses to revive the economy, according to an official document.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Wednesday told Teleradyo that the policy only covers such establishments in modified general community quarantine areas.

Bars, cafés, and restaurants in clubhouses and similar establishments can operate at 30 percent of its capacity provided that the venue allows for physical distancing protocols, the government inter-agency task force (IATF) on pandemic response said in its June 22 resolution.

The establishments can operate up to 9 p.m. daily and should adhere to the protocols set by the Department of Trade and Industry, the IATF added.

"Wala pong sinama na iba na 'yung bar ay pwede na. Kasi ang bar ay nasa modified GCQ sila open," Lopez said.

(Bars are allowed in modified GCQ areas)

Food establishments in general community quarantine or GCQ areas are allowed to operate their dine-in services at only up to 30 percent of the store capacity.

Restaurants in modified GCQ or MGCQ areas can operate up to half of the store capacity.

Food establishments should observe minimum health standards such as physical distancing and the wearing of face masks aside from the government-mandated COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Editor's Note: This story was updated to include a clarification on Wednesday from Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on the IATF resolution that was made public the day before.