Businesses that need to require vaccine cards upon entry should implement the policy or risk sanctions, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Wednesday as more industries were allowed to reopen in time for the holidays.
Aside from adhering to the prescribed operational capacities, businesses such as restaurants also need to require customers to present their vaccination cards, DILG spokesperson Usec. Jonathan Malaya.
Businesses that fail to do so can lose their "safety seal" which expands their operational capacities or lose their permits to operate according to Malaya.
"Kung mayroon pong tinatawag na repeated violations, ang DILG na po ang magrerekomenda ng suspension ng inyong business permit," Malaya said in an online briefing.
Businesses that need to require COVID-19 vaccine cards include cinemas, restaurants offering dine-in services, amusement parks, museums, gyms and fitness studios, and venues for meetings and conferences.
Malaya suggested that mall operators check the vaccination cards of customers at the entrance to strictly implement the policy.
"Mas maganda po sa entrance pa lang ng mall ay i-check na natin," he said.
The public is encouraged to report to the DILG businesses that are lax in implementing the COVID-19 vaccine card policy.
While vaccination is not mandatory in the Philippines, the government has largely restricted services to those who refuse inoculation.
Starting Dec. 1, businesses can refuse service or deny entry to individuals who refuse COVID-19 vaccination despite being eligible to take the jab.