MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila will be placed under Alert Level 4 starting Thursday (September 16).
Under the said classification, indoor dining in restaurants and personal care services will be allowed for fully vaccinated individuals at 10% limited capacity.
Reacting to critics, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said such measure does not intend to discriminate.
“Bawal ito in the first place, itong tatlong sektor na ito: dine-in, personal care, pati iyong pagpunta sa simbahan. Bawal po pero binigyan ng kaunting puwang doon sa vaccinated lang. So, it’s more of an incentive, hindi po ito discrimination,” Lopez explained.
“But all other areas na puwede po, open naman siya. Hindi po natin binabawalan ang unvaccinated. Iyon po iyong kakaiba nito kaya hindi po siya discriminatory,” he added.
Under Alert Level 4, thirty percent (30%) capacity is allowed for al fresco dining or outdoor dining spaces and eateries, personal care establishments like barber shops, spas, beauty salons as well as in-person religious gatherings.
Fully vaccinated individuals should present their vaccination cards for indoor services in the said industries.
“Iyong validation is really showing the LGU vaccination card. So, iyon ang paraan natin ngayon. Of course, may ongoing effort ngayon na mayroon na tayong isang uniform vaccine certificate sa VaxCertPH pero mag-i-input pa doon ang ating mga kababayan,” the Trade Secretary noted.
“But for now, they can use the LGU-issued vaccination card,” he added.
Due to policy shift, Lopez is confident that hundreds of workers will now be allowed to resume their jobs in Metro Manila. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)