MANILA

Dining in the time of Covid-19

MANILA. (From left) Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, DTI Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Management Services Group Ireneo Vizmonte, McDonald's President and CEO Kenneth Yang, and NTF Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (Contributed photo)

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the health protocols for dine-in operations in restaurants.

In a statement, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said he and National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. visited McDonald’s, Shakey’s, and Tim Ho Wan in SM North Edsa on Sunday, May 31, to observe dine-in demonstrations with social distancing and minimum health protocols.

Based on the guidelines on minimum health protocols for dine-in services, restaurants must install the following equipment and systems:

  • Properly sanitized tables and chairs (after each customer’s use);
  • Distancing of tables and chairs to at least one meter apart on all sides;
  • Face-to-face seating allowed only with proper dividers;
  • Visible floor markings for guidance of clients in queueing, preferably color-coded;
  • Proper ventilation in the establishment;
  • Visibility and accessibility of sanitizing equipment and tools;
  • Provision of food menus per table;
  • Contactless order-taking;
  • Covering pieces of furniture made of porous materials with plastic for ease of sanitation;
  • Clean trash bins for used papers and used tissue;
  • Clean washrooms and toilets with sufficient soap, water, tissue, and toilet paper; and
  • Disinfection of high-risk areas, such as order and bar counters every 30 minutes.


The guidelines also mandate the establishment of service stations: designated area for take-away/pick-up; separate handwashing sink for kitchen staff and dine-in customers; contactless drive-thru counters; and, the closure of play areas.

Buffet and self-service areas for food bars, condiments, and utensils are not allowed. (SunStar Philippines from PR)

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