Workshops, seminars allowed in GCQ areas-IATF

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DAVAO CITY — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has allowed the conduct of workshops, training, seminars, and other similar events in areas under the general community quarantine at 30-percent venue capacity.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a statement released Friday, said the IATF has discussed the concern during its meeting on Thursday.

This means congresses, conferences, board meetings, colloquia, conclaves, symposia, and consumer trade shows would also be permitted.

“The abovementioned events must be held in venues in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and will be permitted up to 30-percent venue capacity,” Roque said.

Roque said the venues include restaurants, in general; restaurants attached to hotels; ballrooms and function halls within hotels; venues within hotel premises; and mall atria.

The IATF-EID has directed the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to jointly issue the necessary guidelines.

The Task Force has also adopted the recommendation of the Office of the Cabinet Secretariat to implement the Safety Seal Certification Program in addition to StaySafe.ph.

“All establishments, such as government offices, private companies, hotels, and business establishments and public transportation units are thus required to adopt the Safety Seal,” Roque said.

The IATF directed the DTI, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of the Interior and Local Government, DOT, and the Department of Transportation to issue the necessary joint memorandum circular to detail the requirements to secure a Safety Seal, which includes the adoption of the Stay Safe app and the generation of its QR Code to be displayed in all entrances. -Newsline.ph

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