Dine-in Services Could Soon Resume Business in Guangdong

On February 19, a Guangdong provincial announcement stated dine-in services will resume in areas where the coronavirus outbreak was not severe and added that more than 50 percent of factories in Guangdong started operations. Restaurants in Dongguan are awaiting further announcement on when they can offer dine-in services.

Guangdong recently initiated a classification management system to reinforce epidemic prevention and control. The province is classified into four levels (Level I, II, III, IV) based on the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases, new locally contracted cases in the past 14 days and whether there has been a local outbreak in the same period. All food and beverage industries (factory canteens are not included) in Level IV areas will be allowed to resume dine-in services entirely. Those in Level III areas are allowed limited dine-in services and those in Level II areas may only offer dine-in services in private rooms. So far, no areas in Guangdong have been defined as Level I.

Up to the time this article was written, there was no official announcement allowing restaurants in Dongguan to resume dine-in services. However, in line with the provincial directive, eight towns in Dongguan, Machong, Wanjiang, Zhongtang, Hongmei, Qingxi, Xiegang, Qishi and Zhangmutou which had no confirmed cases, qualify as Level IV. Despite previously confirmed cases, Guancheng, Daojiao, Fenggang, Wangniudun, Songshan Lake and Houjie have reported zero new cases in the past 14 days, according to the Dongguan City Sanitation and Health Bureau statistics.

When the Dongguan Authority makes the official announcement for dine-in services, food and beverage businesses in qualified areas must provide adequate medical supplies for staff to perform their duties. All staff must have a daily examination and temperature check. Customers need to have temperatures taken and register their details before entering the restaurant. Large-scale dining activities are suspended until the end of the epidemic period.