Indoor and outdoor dining in restaurants and personal care services are still not allowed in Metro Manila under the Amended Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

In a recent community quarantine directive, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) identified on-site operations and the permitted reception capacity of commercial establishments following the de-escalation of lockdown measures in the region of the national capital (RCN).

Outdoor and indoor catering services in the NCR, as well as Bataan and Laguna, are excluded from the list of activities authorized under the MECQ. Typically, however, 50% and 10% capacity, respectively, is allowed.

However, takeout delivery for restaurants is 100% allowed.

Personal care services, including beauty salons, barbershops, beauty salons and nail spas, are generally allowed at 30% of their capacity under the MECQ, but the government has banned them in the metro area of ​​Manila, Laguna and Bataan.

The following are also prohibited under the MECQ: indoor sports; gymnasiums; libraries; museums; indoor and outdoor tourist attractions; MICE venues (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions); social events; cinemas; theme parks; and casinos.

The negative list, or prohibited business activities under any form of community quarantine, includes the following: traditional cockfighting and cockpit exploitation; entertainment venues with live shows, such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls and theaters; and, fairs, playgrounds, playrooms and children’s rides.

Essential sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, grocery stores, and banking, are allowed to operate at 100% under the MECQ.

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