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Restaurants will soon be allowed to have dine-in customers but with health and safety measures strictly implemented. Those who won’t comply will face temporary closure.  

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have prepared recommendations on health and safety protocols for restaurant dine-in operations. 

The joint recommendations of both government agencies were approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). 

No details of the health and safety protocols have yet been released, but the “DOT and DTI would soon roll out a post-audit mechanism to ensure that all restaurants follow the prescribed standards with non-compliant enterprises facing temporary closure until strict adherence to regulations is accomplished”, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

In implementing measures for the new normal in restaurants, the DOT is looking at using technology to help tourism businesses adapt to current situation. 

Currently, DOT is working together with the DTI and inclusiontech venture builder Talino Venture Labs to provide free digital solutions for accredited businesses to help them meet the technological demands of the new normal.

The IATF has adopted SafePass, an all-digital, contact-free authorizing, scheduling, and contact tracing solution to help businesses operate safely during the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

“We introduce these free digital solutions as part of the government’s support to businesses, especially MSMEs, in their transition to the new normal. Here, innovation is key to effectively implement and maintain health and safety protocols in their premises”, Puyat said.

SafePass Express, through its all-digital and contact-free collection of health information from every tourist or guest, provides an efficient incident management experience with tools for digital contact tracing.

The Dine In app, which is also free for accredited restaurants, allows customers to schedule a reservation in a restaurant. It lets restaurants follow government’s safe distancing and incident management regulations by allowing customers to book, order and pay their dine-in orders ahead through an all-digital, contact-free menu.

These applications are powered by inclusiontech venture builder Talino Venture Labs and Amihan Global Strategies, an ASEAN leader in digital transformation.