Driving schools, other establishments closed due to surge in COVID-19 cases

The license can wait
by Drei Laurel | Mar 19, 2021
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The driver’s license you’re working on is going to have to wait.

According to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary Ramon Lopez, driving schools—among other non-essential establishments—will be closed until April 4 (Easter Sunday), due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. This is effective immediately.

Lopez, who tested positive for COVID-19 a second time recently, was present during the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) meeting yesterday. Other establishments that will be closed along with driving schools include cinemas, museums, and arcades.

Meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE), meanwhile, are now limited to just 30% capacity, while dine-in restaurants and personal-care establishments may only operate at 50% capacity.

“Due to rising cases, DTI also supports scaling back of some activities that were recently reopened or expanded,” Lopez said.

“Reminder also for the people to avoid crowding and crowded places. Establishments (should) improve ventilation, open windows, and doors, (and use) air purifiers.”

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Guys, if you don’t have to be out, keep your butts at home. We don’t want to end up back in square one—if we haven’t already. Stay safe.

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