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

  • 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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