The Manila City government has now allowed dine-in services at fast-food chains and restaurants, but stressed that establishments are only allowed to operate at 30-percent capacity.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday, June 15, informed various fast-food chains they may now offer dine-in services, provided that they will comply with protocols set by the national government.

Bureau of Permits Director Levi Facundo warned businesses that they will not hesitate to shut down businesses who will refuse to comply with the government’s protocols.

Food establishments caught defying the national government’s protocols will be issued show cause orders, Facundo said. Failure to provide a valid explanation will result into the issuance of a closure order, he said.

“However, if fully validated naman na may violations ang isang restaurant, diretso (na ang issuance ng) closure (order),” the Facundo said.

Under national government protocols, servers of restaurants should wear proper personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves, while the restaurant’s utensils should be disposable.

Facundo said that under the “new normal” in dine-in establishments, customers in a table must sit diagonally in order to observe physical distancing.

The management must also implement a ‘No Mask, No Entry’ policy and regularly conduct sanitation activities in all of its facilities.

“If you are dining more than the capacity, chances are they will not get to dine in together because we have to follow a physical distancing,” Facundo said.

Facundo appealed to the public for understanding and cooperation as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country continue to rise.

“As much as possible, we ask everyone to follow strictly what is being implemented for everyone’s safety, onting tiis lang,” Facundo said.

“We still have to keep our guards up as always,” he added. —FMO/JNL