Tue. May 24th, 2022

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is asking the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to allow vaccinated people to dine in in restaurants, and to avail of personal care services in areas under stricter quarantine measures.

A restaurant in Quezon City is seen operating on a 100% seating capacity on Friday, March 19, 2021. Rappler.com

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said this will help recover employment in the restaurant and personal care service industries.

“Same MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) but (I) am pushing for allowing vaccinated to (be) allowed only in these restricted sectors like dine-in and personal care. Because we are saying that in these restricted sectors, those who are vaccinated are safer. So, we don’t expect an increase in severe critical (cases) and should not worsen ICU (intensive care unit) cases,” Lopez said.

“We pity the dine-in workers. About one million jobs and P1.5 billion revenues gone per week in the National Capital Region (NCR),” he added.

Lopez further said that there are 200,000 people employed in the personal services sector in the NCR.

“For other sectors, no need for distinguishing because both the vaccinated and unvaccinated are allowed. For example, both vaccinated and unvaccinated are allowed to go to malls or ride public transport,” he said.

The NCR and Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna will still be under MECQ until September  7.

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