Some businesses were encouraged to be allowed to have limited operations under the alert level system, the new quarantine strategy to be implemented first in Metro Manila.
Under alert level 4 in NCR, 30 percent al fresco or outdoor dining capacity will be allowed again, while 10 percent indoor dining capacity will be allowed, but only vaccinated people will be allowed to enter.
In small restaurants that don’t have an outdoor seating area, it has little effect on revenue, but it’s okay.
“Kung 10 percent lang po maliit lang po talaga, pero kahit papano naman po may konting papasok kesa wala,” said Leslie Sarabia, a kitchen staff.
The same will be the policy in beauty salons and barbershops, so this is good news for barber Jerome Cambay, especially since he has 4 children.
“Dumarating po sa punto na mangungutang ka na lang tapos kapagka medyo ok na ulit du’n ka pa lang makakapagbayad ng mga inutang mo,” he said.
But they see a problem with the condition that only the vaccinated will be allowed to enter.
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“Mamaya ‘yung mga vaccinated naman na ipakita nilang mga card baka peke naman. Pano namin malalaman kung totoo po ‘yon di ba?” said Sarabia.
According to Resto PH, which is among the promoters of the “vaccine bubble,” non -vaccinated customers need to think that it is also for their safety to separate them from the vaccinated.
“We will ask naman ngayon sa mga barangays at LGU kung puwede kaming bigyan ng more space sa sidewalk para mabigyan po ng al fresco dining space ‘yung mga resto na walang ganito. ‘Yung mga malls are very understanding pati po gardens, parking area pinalalagyan na po ng mesa,”said Eric Teng of Resto PH.
Apart from restaurants, salons, and barbershops, 30 percent outdoor capacity is also available for religious gatherings and 10 percent capacity for indoor.
Those in the wellness industry have a problem that even part of personal care services still cannot open under alert level 4.
Even the gyms that also supported the bubble vaccine were surprised that they were not included in the openings.