Dining in Restaurants Is Officially Allowed Under Modified GCQ

Buffets are not making a comeback yet.

(SPOT.ph) Buffets are still just a dream—but, at the very least, sitting down and enjoying your meal inside a restaurant is becoming, once again, a reality. Dining-in has been approved for restaurants in areas under a modified general community quarantine, announced presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on June 2.

Restaurants can allow folks to dine-in as long as they keep it to 50% the maximum capacity. According to the official guidelines of the Department of Trade and Industry, buffets and self-service areas are not allowed. You can also expect physical distancing, temperature checks, and a "no mask, no entry" rule to be enforced.

Seating face-to-face is allowed as long as the one-meter-apart rule is observed. Cashless payments are also being promoted to avoid physical contact, although restaurants are required to provide a tray if that isn't possible.

This comes after barbershops and salons were allowed to operate starting June 7 in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), limited to basic haircut and hairstyling services.

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The rest of the Philippines is under modified general community quarantine, except for Metro Manila; Regions II, III, and IV-A; Pangasinan and Albay; and the cities of Davao, Baguio, and Iloilo, which are all under general community quarantine. There's no word yet on whether the Metro will be shifting to a modified GCQ after June 15.

Main image from Dan Gold / Unsplash

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