Gyms, personal care services to resume operations on Sept. 1: trade chief

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2020 12:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2020 04:17 PM

Gym owner Eugene Madronero cleans exercise equipment inside a fitness center on Pedro Gil Street in Manila, July 31, 2020. ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - Gyms and personal care centers will be allowed to resume limited operations on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the country's trade chief said Monday as new community quarantine classifications are set to take effect.

Review, testing, and tutorial centers will also be allowed to resume operations in Metro Manila and other general community quarantine (GCQ) areas up to 30 percent capacity, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

For gyms and internet cafes, Lopez said the Department of Trade and Industry will work with local government units on the specific guidelines "as to extent of operations and more specific health protocol requirements."

The said industries are allowed to operate up to 50 percent of their capacity in modified GCQ areas.

But the government earlier prohibited the operation of the said businesses after Metro Manila transitioned to GCQ from modified enhanced community quarantine last Aug. 18.

Areas that remain under GCQ until Monday are Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog Region (Calabarzon), Iloilo City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Minglanilla, Cebu, and Consolacion, Cebu.

The rest of the Philippines, meanwhile, was under MGCQ.