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RULES EASED ON DINE-IN, BUT CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE REQUIRED 
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Mayors of municipalities and component cities within the Province of Cebu are enjoined to strictly observe and implement the adjusted curfew of 12 midnight in their respective Local Government Units (LGUs).

As of now, some towns are still imposing a curfew of 8 PM. 

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued a memorandum to all local chief executives last July 27 pursuant to Section 3 of the Department of Trade and Industry Memorandum Circular No. 20-39, as adopted by Executive Order No. 20-A, that all LGUs are enjoined to “adjust curfew hours up to 12 midnight to allow greater daily turnover of dine-in services and enhance income opportunities for workers.”

Section 3 of EO 20-A, on dine-in operations, reads that “beginning July 21, restaurants and fast food business shall be permitted to serve all kinds of food and beverages, including alcoholic drinks; provided, that a customer shall be allowed a maximum of two (2) individual servings of alcoholic beverage.”

Families living in the same household are permitted to dine together in one table, provided they show proof that they stay in one address, and provided further that their table(s) are distanced by at least one meter from other customers’ tables.

All dine-in services and transactions shall be delivered as fast and as contactless as possible, the memo added.

As for the requirements on the operation of establishments and restaurants, local chief executives are reminded of the requirements for the operation of restaurants offering dine-in and accommodation establishments pursuant to EO No. 20-A or the mandatory health protocols, standards, and guidelines in the Province of Cebu under Modified General Community Quarantine risk classification.

Restaurants are to get a Special Permit to Operate from the LGU and a Certificate of Compliance from the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force. 

Accommodation establishments have to get a Certificate of Authority to Operate, a Special Permit to Operate from the LGU, and a Certificate of Compliance from the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force.

The memorandum directed mayors that “non-compliant restaurants offering dine-in and accommodation establishments should not be allowed to operate.” (Eleanor Valeros)