Palace clarifies policy on reopening of gyms 

THE PALACE on Tuesday clarified that fitness studios would be allowed to operate in areas under a general community quarantine (GCQ) “with some restrictions” at 20% of venue capacity.   

Presidential Spokesperson Herminio “Harry” L. Roque, Jr. said in a virtual press briefing that those with a safety seal from government would be incentivized with an additional 10% capacity.  

Gyms in areas under GCQ “with heightened restrictions” and modified lockdown are not allowed to operate.  

The Trade department earlier said about 22,000 displaced workers in the fitness industry would be able to regain their jobs with the reopening of gyms.  

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday night placed Metro Manila and Bulacan under a general quarantine with “some restrictions.”   

The provinces of Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite would remain under a general quarantine with tightened rules. 

Indoor dining in Metro Manila and Bulacan would be allowed at 40% venue capacity, according to the matrix of restrictions released by the Palace.   

It said indoor dining would be allowed at 20% venue capacity in areas under GCQ with heightened restrictions. 

Outdoor dining would be allowed at 50% venue capacity in areas under GCQ “with some restrictions” and “heightened restrictions.” 

Restaurants with a safety seal would be given additional 10% venue capacity. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza 

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