To follow the principle of gradual reopening from MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) to GCQ (general community quarantine), the reopening of the last batch sectors like gyms, review centers, internet cafes will be postponed until August 31, according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.
This will also be applicable in areas that transitioned from MECQ to GCQ, which include Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
Lopez said the decision to delay the restart of operations also of fitness studios, testing and tutorial centers, drive-in cinemas, and establishments offering personal care and aesthetic procedures services was finalized by the National Task Force Against Covid-19 in a special meeting Tuesday evening.
Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) re-classified gyms, fitness centers, sports facilities, testing and tutorial centers, review centers, computer shops, personal care services, pet grooming services, and the new concept of drive-in cinema from Category 4 to Category 3.
Sectors under Category 3 are allowed to open in GCQ areas, while those in Category 4 are only allowed in less stringent modified GCQ (MGCQ) areas.
Businesses under the re-classified sectors were about to restart their operations last August 1.
However, the IATF brought back Metro Manila and four other provinces to MECQ from August 4 to 18 to ease the healthcare capacity due to increasing Covid-19 cases in these areas.
Even with the lifting of MECQ, businesses under the re-categorized sectors in Metro Manila and four other provinces shall remain closed until the end-August.