The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has already approved the re-opening of various businesses in areas under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the Philippines. This includes gyms, internet cafes, and review centers, which will re-open at 30% operating capacity starting on August 1, 2020.
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez explains: “Itong mga activites na isinama natin ngayon at dapat sa modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) sila, subalit di po tayo umaabot sa MGCQ kaya ito po ay mga ni-reconsider para maisama sa GCQ, para lang makapagbukas. (These activities that are being re-opened were supposed to re-open in the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Although we haven’t reached the MGCQ yet, we reconsidered it for GCQ just so they can open.)
He continues: “Ang mindset ng buong IATF ay tulungan ang mga residente at i-reopen ang economy at saka madagdagan ang mga trabaho, ang mga workers makabalik na.” (The mindset of the whole IATF is to help residents, re-open the economy, and to allow workers to go back to work.)
If these establishments have a good compliance rate after a few weeks, they might be allowed to open up to 50% capacity.
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