Press Release

Testing & health-related review centers, gyms, computer shops, aesthetic establishments, drive-in cinemas allowed in GCQ areas starting August 1 — IATF


The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Wednesday, July 28, 2020, recategorized the classification of Category IV industries to Category III industries to allow their limited operations in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

These include testing and tutorial centers, review centers, gyms, fitness centers and sport facilities, internet cafes, establishments offering personal grooming and aesthetic services, pet grooming, and drive-in cinemas.

All of these recategorized business activities shall gradually resume operations at 30% operational capacity starting August 1.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), is crafting the mandatory health protocols for each business activity.

The members of the IATF, in their 59th meeting, also approved business activities under Category IV, which means, they are allowed in only in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

These include full body massage; tattoo and body piercing; live events; entertainment industries; libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers; tourist destinations; language, driving, dance/acting/voice schools.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), is crafting the mandatory health protocols for each business activity.

Cockfighting and the operation of cockpits, beerhouses and similar establishments primarily serving alcoholic drinks, and kid amusement industries remain prohibited in any form of community quarantine. ###