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  • When Will Dine-In Restos Resume? The Dates To Note As We Get Used To GCQ Life

    Be informed so you can abide by the rules and protect yourself and others around you.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Buses and private cars filled up EDSA during as Metro Manila shifts to general community quarantine (GCQ).
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    The virus is still out there, and there is still no vaccine against COVID-19. While almost the whole country is under the general community quarantine (GCQ), there's more freedom for people to move around.


    That doesn't mean you should, though, unless it's an essential errand such as going to the grocery, drug store, or bank. Like many restaurants, malls and some retail stores that have opened offer a pick-up or delivery service. Curfews are still in effect, and everyone going out is still required to wear a mask and practice social and physical distancing.

    We've compiled a few things you need to know about what's happening in June, as the country eases out of lockdown. Here's transportation that's available, when service stores are going to open, and some health protocols and what to expect.

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    June 1 to 21

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is implementing a two-phase gradual resumption of public transportation. Only the trains, Point-to-Point (P2P) buses, taxis, almost 26,000 ride-hailing cars, shuttle services, and bicycles are allowed to operate on a limited capacity.

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    If you're going out and do not have a private car, take note of the P2P bus stops. (Click here to see list of buses that are allowed to ferry passengers during GCQ.) Train schedules are not so different, but you might have to wait longer to get onto the platform and train due to limited capacity.

    Grab vehicles can only accept two passengers max, each one seated next to rear windows of the vehicle. Booking a Grab car for other passengers is not allowed, and the driver can cancel your booking if you're not wearing a mask. Rates, however, remain the same. (Click here for new TNVS guidelines.)

    June 22 to June 30

    DOTr's second phase of public transportation roll-out will have public utility buses, modern jeepneys, and UV express vans. It has yet to issue guidelines and protocols for riding in these types of public transportation. The deparment is still testing how these transportation options practice health protocols. Jeepneys, however, may be allowed to operate earlier than planned if trains and buses are not sufficient for the riding public.


    June 7

    If you're not a fan of DIY haircuts, this is your chance to get it professionally done. On top of the mandatory wearing of face masks at all times, social distancing protocols, and other hygiene protocols, you need to have an appointment and go alone.

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) requires salons and barbershops to offer contactless payments. You also need to wait for at least 10-minutes so the establishment can sanitize the place in between clients. (Click here to read the full guidelines.)

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    June 8

    In case you're taking your car, the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or number coding scheme is still lifted until June 5. There should only be two people occupying front-facing seats or rows.

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will announce the new modified coding scheme "most probably by June 8." It will affect private cars that pass by major thoroughfares such as EDSA, C5, Commonwealth Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, and Marcos Highway.


    Check with your local government as well. Makati's coding scheme, however, is already in effect since June 1. Back-rides are still not allowed for motorcycle riders. The government suggested installing side-cars instead.


    The DTI released guidelines for restaurants that want to offer dine-in services but has not set a date for implementation. If a date of implementation is announced, you'll have to eat face-to-face with your companion with proper dividers. (See here the guidelines for dining in at restaurants.)


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