DTI Appealed to LGUs to Start Curfew at Midnight to Help Restaurants Amid Quarantine
Department of Trade and Industry DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez appealed to local government units LGUs to start the curfew hours at midnight.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez encourages LGUs that implementing a curfew in their areas during the community quarantine to start curfew hours at midnight so that restaurants and fast food chains can have longer hours to operate.
At the ease of community quarantine due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, businesses such as fast-food chains and restaurants have resumed their operation. However, they operate with limited capacity and operating hours are being shortened.
Meanwhile, At the “Laging Handa” press briefing on Tuesday, Sec. Lopez said that more customers will be served by restaurants and fast food chains with dine-in services when they have longer operating hours.
“I hope they will allow it because it will give additional income also to the workers if they will extend it because it will have more turnover, at least for dinner,” said Lopez.
The secretary also mentioned that 40% to 50% of the income is earned through dine-in as customers always come for dinner, base on the report of the Philippine News Agency. Starting July 21, the allowable dine-in capacity of restaurants in the general community quarantine areas (GCQ) will be increased.
From the previous 30% will be done by 50%. Modified GCQ areas will allow up to 75%. “From 30 percent to 50 percent sa GCQ areas. Ganun din po sa modified GCQ, from 50 percent naman po sila to 75 percent,” he said.
Lopez, based on the inspection, said that dine-in restaurants adhere to minimum health standards to ensure the safety and health of customers and staff.
“Sana magawa po ‘yun dahil makakadagdag po sa kita ng mga workers ‘yun,” he added.
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