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Limited indoor dining, barbershops, salons now allowed in MECQ areas

By Camille Santiago Published Apr 30, 2021 12:28 pm

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed indoor dining in areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) at 10 percent of the venue capacity, while barbershops and salons can resume operations at 30 percent capacity.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., the recommendation was approved by IATF yesterday. “The Inter-Agency Task Force on Thursday, April 29, 2021, approved the recommendation to allow restaurants, eateries, commissaries, and other food preparation establishments to resume their indoor dine-in services in areas under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine at an initial 10 percent venue or seating capacity,” he said.

"These establishments shall only provide services that can accommodate the wearing of face masks at all times by clients and service providers," Roque said.

He also added that personal care establishments "may operate beyond this limitation," only if they comply with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 (s.2021) or the Safety Seal Certification Program. "Personal care establishments and services not mentioned above shall not be allowed to operate," he added.

MECQ in National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal remains in effect until May 14, 2021. Abra, Ifugao, Santiago City, and Quirino Province are also placed under the MECQ classification.