MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government on Tuesday (June 23) warned a popular milk tea shop for violating dine-in guidelines issued by the national government.
On Tuesday (June 23), personnel from the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) and the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) inspected four food establishments to check on their compliance with the dine-in protocols.
The establishments visited were Shangri-La Restaurant on Times St, Infinitea and Gourmet Gypsy on Maginhawa St. and Banapple along Katipunan Avenue.
Of the four, the BPLD said Infinitea received a notice for violating Quezon City and IATF guidelines on dine-in procedures.
Authorities found out that the establishment lacked a thermal scanner, no health and safety officer on duty, and there was no logbook for customers.
“The logbook is very vital for contact tracing in the event na may mag-positive na isa na nagpunta sa store nila,” said BPLD head Margarita Santos.
Santos said her office will return to the store to validate if the necessary adjustments have been made in accordance with the guidelines.
The other three restaurants were cleared, according to Santos.
For complaints, Santos encouraged the public to report not through social media but through official platforms like the BPLD’s e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or the city hall’s hotline numbers 122.
“Sensitive kami sa mga report sa social media pero ang pakiusap natin, huwag dito idaan ang reklamo, (We are sensitive when it comes to reports on social media but please do not post your complaints there),” Santos said.
“Mayroon tayong sinusunod na proseso upang mapanagot ang mga restaurant na hindi sumusunod sa panuntunan (There is a proper process for holding non-compliant restaurants responsible for their violations),” she said.
Meanwhile, DPOS Head General Elmo San Diego announced that the city government will ramp up its joint surprise inspections on food and other establishments that have been allowed to operate during the general community quarantine (GCQ) “to ensure that guidelines are strictly followed” while the city is trying to jumpstart its economy.
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