The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has allowed gyms, internet cafes, aesthetic establishments, drive-in cinemas and other establishments in general community quarantine areas (GCQ) to reopen starting Aug. 1.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque announced on Wednesday that the IATF had allowed limited operations under GCQ for the following:

  • testing and tutorial centers
  • review centers
  • gyms
  • fitness centers and sport facilities
  • internet cafes
  • establishments offering personal grooming and aesthetic services, 
  • pet grooming
  • drive-in cinemas.

Qualified establishments, however, may accommodate only up to 30 percent capacity, IATF rules stated.

The restriction will gradually be eased to up to 50 percent after a few weeks, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV.

Lopez added that gym users will be required to wear masks. Gym equipment should be at least a meter apart to ensure physical distancing.

At internet cafes, customers may stay for up to two hours.

Establishments offering the following services will also be allowed to reopen in areas under modified GCQ starting Aug. 1:

  • full body massage
  • tattoo and body piercing
  • live events
  • entertainment industries
  • libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers
  • tourist destinations
  • language, driving, dance/acting/voice schools. 

Cockfighting and the operation of cockpits, beerhouses and similar establishments primarily serving alcoholic drinks and kid amusement industries remain prohibited under any form of community quarantine, Roque said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro