“The earlier reopening was reconsidered by the Inter-Agency Task Force in recognition of the very strict health protocols that were developed. These guidelines must be closely adopted by these establishments in order to prevent any risk of COVID-19 transmission,” DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.

The trade chief added that there would be no need for accreditation in order for these establishments to open in an effort to remove any additional bureaucracy in the process. However, he emphasized that there will be surprise operations audit conducted and non-compliant shops will be closed down immediately until they are able to correct their deficiencies.