Local government units (LGUs) will adjust its curfew to help establishments expand their dining hours and increase sales. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on Tuesday that the expansion of restaurants will be implemented on July 21, 2020.
According to DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, the dine-in capacity in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) will expand from 30 percent to 50 percent starting July 21 with health protocols like physical distancing, proper sanitation, and good ventilation must be strictly observed.
“From 30 percent to 50 percent sa GCQ areas. Ganun din po sa modified GCQ, from 50 percent naman po sila to 75 percent,” – Ramon Lopez DTI Secretary
LGUs were advised by DTI to start their curfew at midnight so restaurants have more time to accept customers.
“Kasi it will add more turnover doon sa dinner. Ang dinner po will account to 40, 50 percent of the revenue sa isang araw. Kung mapuputol po nang maaga, bawas kita po sa ating mga manggagawa at micro SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises],” – Ramon Lopez DTI Secretary
Since curfew hours were adjusted to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m, dine-in services is allowed until 9 p.m.