DTI enjoins LGUs to extend curfew hours to allow more dine-in time
PASIG CITY, July 15 (PIA) — Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez encourages local government units (LGUs) to extend the curfew hours in their areas to allow more time for restaurants to accommodate more dine-in customers.
During the Laging Handa Public Briefing, Lopez encouraged LGUs to extend their curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight to allow more time for dine-in customers to generate more revenues.
“Ini-enjoin din natin [sana] ang mga local government units na i-allow po nila sana yung extension nung curfew nila, imbes na 10 p.m. ay gawing 12 in the evening para po yung mga restaurants can operate up to about 10 to 11 p.m. at dun po yung maximum operating hours nila,” said Lopez.
He also said that longer operational hours for restaurants can also generate additional revenues.
“Sana magawa po yun dahil makakadagdag po sa kikitain nung mga workers.”
Lopez explained that longer operating hours will add more turnover at least during the dinner period. He added that dinner would normally account for 40 to 50 percent of the revenue in a day.
The DTI chief also said that by July 21, that operating capacity of dine-in restaurants in GCQ areas will be increased from 30 percent to 50 percent. While an increase from 50 percent to 75 percent in MGCQ areas.
However, Lopez stressed that strict health and safety measures should still be implemented.
“Ang isang istriktong papairalin pa rin doon ay yung social distancing, siguraduhing maganda ang ventilation, yung exhaust system at kung saan po pwede magkaroon ng mga clear acrylic dividers para po yung mga medyo magkakatabi, or hindi eksaktong magkatapan ay siguradong safe sila. Walang transmission, hindi mag spread ang anumang disease sa mga kumakain ang mga customers. Para makadagdag ingat dito sa mga dine in restaurants.”
Lopez also cited a very good compliance rating to restaurants which is being monitored by the DTI daily and done digitally. (PIA-NCR)