Eateries Reopen in the Philippines to Recoup Job Losses

The Philippines is getting back to business after one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns spanning nearly three months, allowing restaurants to reopen last week for dine-in customers in an effort to “find that healthy balance in bringing back jobs while ensuring health protocols are followed.”

Eateries were allowed to reopen from June 15 at 30 percent of their seating capacity, with strict hygiene and social distancing measures a must.

Lalaine Baja, whose streetside restaurant had only a trickle of diners last Tuesday, said, “We are thankful when even one or two customers eat at our restaurant. Since customers now have the option to dine in, our sales have been gradually picking up.”

Happy staff at eateries are seen cleaning tables and cutlery, with some wearing masks and face shields and others in full-length protective suits and latex gloves.

Customers will be required to sit diagonally, or with a transparent plastic panel between them.


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