Have you been missing dining out in your favorite restaurant?

Well, these days, based on the new guidelines of alert levels system for Covid-19 response in the NCR, you can now head out and visit once again your favorite restaurant.

According to the guidelines, indoor dine-in services have been increased to 20 percent seating capacity for individuals fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with an additional 10 percent for tourism establishments granted with a Safety Seal by the government.

Meanwhile, al fresco dine-in services shall remain at 30 percent of the restaurant’s outdoor seating capacity, also with additional 10 percent if establishment is a Safety Seal recipient.  

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF- EID) approval to expand the seating capacity of restaurants in the NCR is a welcome development, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

“It is worth noting that the IATF-EID backed the proposal as 99 percent of tourism workers employed in DOT-accredited hotels and restaurants in Metro Manila have been inoculated against Covid-19,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. 

The DOT and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently released a Joint Memorandum Circular detailing the  health and safety guidelines governing the operations of indoor and outdoor dine-in services under the alert levels system. 

“We are confident with the cooperation of our tourism stakeholders — guests, workers and hotel and restaurant operators — to ensure the safe reopening of restaurants to a higher number of guests by strictly observing the new seating capacity,” she added. 

The tourism chief also encouraged the public to patronize DOT-accredited establishments as their employees are already vaccinated and their operations are strictly monitored by the Department to ensure the observance of health and safety protocols.