Restaurant owners said Tuesday they were in favor of instituting vaccine passes to allow senior citizens to avail of dine-in services.
RestoPH requested for a "bakuna badge" system from mayors and the Department of Trade and Industry with the initial goal of "bringing out vaccinated senior citizens," said group president Eric Teng.
Customers who are not vaccinated will still be allowed to dine in, he said.
Seniors are top priority in the vaccination drive and existing quarantine rules prevent those above 65 years old from going out of their houses.
"We are hopeful that with the support of LGUs, we can ask them to recognize restaurants and recognize vaccinated seniors to be allowed out again just so we can give some normalcy in their lives," he added.
In Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces where a general community quarantine "with heightened restrictions" is in place, indoor dining is allowed only at 20% capacity and outdoor dining capacity is set at 50%.
While this policy "very good" in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, Teng said as much as 90% of restaurants in the country do not have outdoor dining. An additional 20% capacity for indoor dining must be added to account for vaccinated customers, he said.
Teng hoped that their request for vaccine passes could be implemented by July, when more COVID-19 vaccines are available for the public.
Teng said the RestoPH group together with Jollibee and McDonalds will launch a "bakuna benefits program" to give discounts and promos to those who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. The program will run from June 1 until November 30.
"Our intention is to promote vaccination and reduce hesitancy for our vaccines," he said.M
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