IATF allows reopening of gyms, internet cafés under GCQ areas starting August 1

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Wednesday announced that it will allow the partial reopening of internet cafés, aesthetic services, and gyms starting August 1 in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the following types of businesses can operate at 30% capacity in areas under GCQ such as Metro Manila:

  • testing and tutorial centers
  • review centers
  • gyms
  • aesthetic services such as foot spa, facials, waxing and spot massage
  • cosmetic dentistry services
  • fitness centers
  • sports facilities
  • internet cafes
  • pet grooming
  • drive-in cinemas.

Roque noted that the IATF also approved business activities under Category IV, which are allowed only in areas under modified general community quarantine. These include full body massage; tattoo and body piercing; live events; entertainment industries; libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers; tourist destinations; language, driving, dance/acting/voice schools.

Meanwhile, operations of cockpits, cockfighting, beerhouses, and similar establishments primarily serving alcoholic drinks, and kids amusement industries remain prohibited in any form of community quarantine.

According to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, compliance with government restrictions after a few weeks could result in increased operating capacity of up to 50%.

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