DTI: Hotels in GCQ areas may open starting May 1

Published April 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By MB Online

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday said hotels in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) will be allowed to continue operations for specific purposes only starting May 1.

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Ngayon ho kasi nag-ooperate ‘yung hotel pero may specific purpose. So, sa huling usapan po namin kahapon, allowed din ‘yung hotel pero ‘yung specific purpose din muna,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said in an interview over GMA News’ Unang Balita.

“Ginagamit siya either as quarantine facilities, tirahan ng mga health workers, ‘yung mga BPOs at mga exporters na ni-require natin to stay near their factories or offices, doon din ginagamit ‘yung mga hotel. So tuloy lang po ‘yung ganoong operations ng mga hotel,” he continued.

Aside from hotels, manufacturing activities, such as beverages, cement steel, computers, electrical equipments, transport equipments, as well as non-leisure shops operations in malls will also be allowed to partially reopen, Lopez said.

“Maglalabas po tayo ng minimum standard protocols para po may guidelines ‘yung mga malls,” he said.

This includes wearing of face masks, sanitation, regular theram scanning, and regular disinfection of facilities, Lopez said.

Professional services such as construction, publishing, advertising, market research, legal accounting, insurance, architecture will also be allowed to continue, he added.

“Itong listahan na ito icclear pa din natin bukas sa IATF [Inter-agency Task Force]. Under GCQ, pwede na sila magbukas except that very strict standards ang dapat ipatupad,” Lopez said.

 
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