Restaurants, salons allowed to operate at limited capacity under MECQ

A restaurant in Quezon City is seen operating on a 100% seating capacity on Friday, March 19, 2021.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the resumption of dine-in services, as well as the reopening of barbershops and beauty parlors in areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Malacañang announced Thursday.

In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the IATF will allow restaurants, eateries, commissaries, and other food preparation establishments to resume their services at a 10-percent venue or seating capacity.

Meanwhile, beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops and nail spas to reopen at 30-percent capacity.

This, after members of the IATF-EID met on Thursday afternoon to finalize the list of establishments that may operate in MECQ zones.

“These food preparation establishments, however, may operate their indoor dine-in services beyond this limitation, provided that they comply with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 (s. 2021) or the Safety Seal Certification Program,” Roque said.

The MECQ has been extended in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, or the so-called National Capital Region Plus, until May 14.

On the other hand. Quirino and Abra provinces, as well as the City of Santiago in Isabela, will stay under MECQ from May 1 to 31.

Local governments can still make an appeal on the new quarantine classification. SOVEREIGNPH

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