IN an effort to generate jobs and help food businesses in the city get back on their feet faster amid the pandemic, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno issued an executive order that allows establishments catering to food to operate take-out and food delivery services round-the-clock or 24/7.
Along with this, Moreno also announced that following the reversion of the city’s status to general community quarantine (GCQ), restaurants are once again allowed to operate at thirty percent venue capacity, “provided that they strictly adhere to minimum public health standards at all times as set by the government such as but not limited to social distancing protocols.”
“Said restaurants may also be allowed to operate beyond the curfew hours of the city provided that they shall cater only to those authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) as provided under Manila City Ordinance or IATF Regulations,” stated Moreno’s order, contained in Executive Order No. 35.
Moreno also said such establishments must be compliant with the protocols prescribed by Department of Tourism or by the joint guidelines issued by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Health.
Moreno’s EO, which he issued on Wednesday night and was duly attested to by Secretary to the Mayor Bernie Ang, stressed the need to slowly open up or revive the economy in the city, particularly in the food and restaurant industry and then balance this with the demand from the general public, which he said “may serve as stimulus of economic growth.”
“We must learn to live while there is COVID-19 and at the same time, we must learn to go back to work safely. Life and livelihood must be addressed together for us to survive this battle,” Moreno said
It will be recalled that from modified enhanced community quarantine, the entire National Capital Region, of which Manila is a part, was placed under General Community Quarantine from August 19 to 31, as announced by President Rodrigo Duterte.
A day earlier, the National Task Force Against COVID -19 (NTF), along with some members of the Cabinet and in consultation with the local chief executives in Metro Manila, approved transition protocols to be observed in Metro Manila starting August 19, 2020.
The approved transition protocols, among others, allows the operation of dine- in restaurants subject to the capacity requirement to be determined by the local government unit concerned.