DTI monitors restaurants offering dine-in services soon

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 has started monitoring restaurants that will offer dine-in services soon to consumers to ensure they adhere to the government’s anti-Covid measures.

“Our teams have been all over the place since weeks ago, informing restaurants of the long list of requirements they have to comply with if they will have dine-in operations,” said DTI Assistant Secretary Asteria Caberte.

Caberte noted that most restaurants in the city still haven’t offered dine-in services, only take-out and delivery services.

“Supposedly, they can open at 30 percent. But consumers are also showing hesitation. In fact, right now, they prefer food deliveries more,” she said.

Restaurants in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) are now allowed to resume limited dine-in services beginning June 15, after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the resumption of dine-in services during its meeting on June 10.

Dine-in services will be limited to 30 percent of a restaurant’s capacity.

Minimum health standards such as wearing of face masks or face shields as well as social distancing are required as preventive measures against the Covid-19.

The guidelines also mandate the setup of service stations, designated area for take-away/pick-up, separate handwashing sink for kitchen staff and dine-in customers, contactless drive-thru counters and the closure of play areas.

Buffet and self-service areas for food bars, condiments and utensils are not allowed.

The entire Cebu Province is still placed under GCQ. (JOB)