The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has allowed the resumption of dine-in services at restaurants and fast food establishments in areas under modified general community quarantine.
“Pinayagan na ang dine-in operations pero hindi nangangahulugang piyesta at inuman na,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday, June 2, during a virtual press briefing.
Roque stressed that restaurants should only accommodate 50 percent of its normal seating capacity for customers, and should observe the protocols on minimum public health standards.
The Malacanang spokesperson warned that the government can order the closure of restaurants that fail to comply with guidelines set by the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Tourism.
Under the said guidelines, Roque said that restaurants and fast food establishments should practice regular hand-washing, and observe social distancing when taking the order of customers, and when collecting payment.
“Sa pagpasok, dapat siya ay i-escort sa assigned table na may corresponding number. Pipili ng order sa menu na nakalagay sa mesa o sasabihin sa order taker na may isang metro na social distancing. Ang customer at server ay kailangang mag-sanitize ng kamay pagkatapos mag-order at magbayad,” Roque explained.
“Walang physical contact habang nagbabayad. Maglagay ng maliit na tray sa pagtanggap ng pera. Mag-alok ng alternative modes of payment kung applicable,” he added.
The management should also regularly sanitize ‘high-contact areas’, including doors and tables.
“Walang buffet at self-service areas para sa food bars, condiments at utensils. Mag-designate lang ng lugar sa take-away or pickup. Ihiwalay na lababo para sa handwashing ng kitchen staff at ng dine-in customers. Contactless na drive-thru counters, pagsara ng play areas,” Roque added.