Cockfights still a no-no in GCQ areas
MANILA – Expect more businesses located in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) to reopen as the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Department of Trade and Industry have given the green light for them partially open starting August 1.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce today, Thursday (30 July 2020) new community quarantine classifications for August 1 onwards.
IATF spokesperson Harry Roque on a presser Wednesday said review centers, gyms, sports facilities, and internet shops can gradually reopen starting at 30 percent capacity.
He added that personal grooming services (except for full body massages), aesthetic services, and pet grooming shops in GCQ areas will also be allowed to reopen while strictly observing minimum health protocols.
For his part, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez stressed that internet shops, which will play a crucial part in online-based learning, will be allowed to serve customers so students can have online access as schools shift to blended forms of learning.
But the DTI chief explained that: “Bawal ang gaming. Doon lang sa work and educational purpose,” Lopez told Maharlika TV News.
On the part of review centers, Lopez said these institutions “can only accommodate a maximum of 10 seats inside a room. Other minimum health standards that will be observed in these centers include wearing of face mask inside the room, more than one-meter distance between chairs, and frequent sanitation of rooms.”
The Trade Chief also said the IATF also approved his proposal to allow drive-through cinemas in GCQ areas as theaters remain closed in these places.
Increase in the operations of these industries up to 50 percent capacity within three weeks is also being studied Lopez said adding that in areas under MGCQ, THE IATF also allowed businesses offering full body massage; tattoo and body piercing; and language, driving, dance, acting, voice lessons to resume.
At the same time, live events will now also be allowed in MGCQ areas and so with libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers, and tourist destinations can also reopen.
But the IATF reiterated that cockfighting and operation of cockpits, beer houses, and similar establishments primarily serving liquor, and amusement industries remain prohibited under any form of community quarantine.