There may be a curfew imposed, but late-night cravings can still be satisfied. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager, Jojo Garcia, said food establishments and those that are allowed to operate under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) are exempted from the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, according to Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez.
This means that food establishments and their riders are exempted from curfew and can meet citizens needs for food even late at night.
The city of Manila, through its mayor, Isko Morena was among the first to authorize 24/7 food delivery services, citing it as a way to meet customer demand and help businesses during GCQ.
“Ang ating pong mga mayors ng Metro Manila, majority of them pinayagan na po magbukas ‘yung ating mga restaurants at fast-food chains ng 24 hours sa delivery. (The majority of our mayors of Metro Manila have allowed restaurants and fast-food chains to operate 24-hour delivery),” Garcia said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday (Aug. 20).
The MMDA General Manager did not mention, however, which cities did not agree to allowing 24-hour food delivery.
Of course, these food establishments should also be compliant with the joint guidelines issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Health (DOH).
In our earlier story, Metro Manila mayors have agreed on a megacity-wide 8 PM to 5 AM curfew. Frontliners, employees, and authorizes persons outside of residence (APORs) can be out of their homes and work if they present their company ID and work for one of the approved essential industries.