MECQ Guidelines

MECQ Guidelines: Activities and Services That Are Allowed and Prohibited

Here's a quick guide on what's allowed and not allowed under MECQ.

Last night, Malacañang announced that from August 4 to 18, Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan will all be shifted back into Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine or MECQ.

If you need a refresher on the stricter guidelines of MECQ, we’ve got you covered. Below are the activities and services that are allowed and prohibited under the MECQ, based on the IATF guidelines.


  • Movements are limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for working on permitted offices and establishments.
  • The following people are required to stay indoors: those under the age of 21; those who are 60 years old and above; pregnant women; and those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks.
  • Individuals outdoor exercises, such as jogging, running, or biking, can continue. The wearing of masks and social distancing must be observed.
  • Public transportation is suspended.
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  • There are no domestic flights, limited international flights, and controlled inbound travel. Only overseas Filipino workers and returning Filipinos will be allowed.
  • Face-to-face classes on all levels are suspended.

Shops & services

  • Movie screenings, sporting events, concerts, and other public gatherings for leisurely purposes cannot operate.
  • Malls and commercial centers may operate at 50% capacity subject to the DTI guidelines.
  • Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity but must only offer delivery and takeout.
  • Gyms, fitness studios, and sports facilities cannot operate.
  • Salons, barbershops, and other personal care services are not allowed.
  • Religious gatherings can continue but with a limit of five persons, while adhering to the minimum health standards.

For a full list of guidelines for MECQ, click here.

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