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DTI raises hopes for dine-in resto service

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hoping the restaurants with extra protection measures would be allowed to accept dine-in customers under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said this as the agency witnessed an actual demonstration by a fastfood chain on their new restaurant design aimed to provide additional protection to diners.

Restaurants are not still allowed to accept dine-in customers under the GCQ.
But with additional protective measures, there is a big possibility that be they allowed by the Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to accept dine-in customers at 50 percent of capacity.

Some of the additional protective equipment is the fiber glass divider to be installed between diners to ensure social distancing.

The DTI is also looking into new a design for barber shops and salons.

Lopez cited the need to open the dining facilities as he noted that once the GCQ is implemented in Metro Manila 94 percent of companies would have opened their operations.

This means, as much as 80 percent workforce compliment should have returned to work also by then.

This also means higher demand for dine-in food service.

Restaurants also need to resume operations to recover from losses during the two-month lockdown and to save jobs.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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