IATF Says Businesses Allowed to Conduct More Events During Christmas Season
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) would allow various businesses to conduct more events during the Christmas Season.
The IATF for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases would allow establishments such as hotels, restaurants and malls under general community quarantine to conduct more events during the holiday season.
The agency would allow events including workshops, training, seminars, congresses, conferences, board meetings, colloquia, conclaves, symposia and consumer trade shows but only 30 percent of the venue’s capacity must be occupied.
IATF also said that ballrooms and function halls inside hotels or restaurants will be allowed. Other venues within the premises of mall atria and hotel are also allowed to operating for the month of December.
However, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque reminded the public that Christmas parties remain prohibited. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat also said that mass gatherings such as birthday, wedding, and other forms of gatherings are still ban.
“While the pandemic has taught organizers to embrace technology, some gatherings in a physical setup can now proceed, with health and safety protocols in place. We are optimistic that the country’s MICE sector shall start to thrive again, with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in crafting the implementing guidelines,” Puyat said.
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