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.
- 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.