Manila, Philippines — Because the variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the nation continues to rise, the president hears the enchantment of the medical neighborhood by reverting Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal again to modified enhanced neighborhood quarantine (MECQ) beginning August Four till August 18, 2020.
However what’s MECQ?
MECQ is the transition half in-between ECQ (termed for whole lockdown) and GCQ (extra relaxed quarantine), and particular tips are wanted to be noticed particularly for companies.
Companies allowed to function beneath MECQ
Extra companies are decided by the IATF-EID to be allowed to function beneath MECQ than ECQ, however a lot lesser from GCQ. Whereas authorities workers, accredited diplomatic missions, and worldwide organizations solely can work on-site in a skeletal workforce.
Lodges and comparable establishments will not be allowed to open besides those that are exempted by the IATF-EID tips.
Companies and industries with important providers similar to hospitals, public utilities, logistics providers are allowed to function.
BPO corporations that adjust to sure necessities (like their workers engaged on web site are given lodging and personal shuttle providers whereas the remainder make money working from home) can proceed to function.
Journey businesses, sports activities services, and cinemas will not be allowed to function.
Actual property providers, funeral providers, veterinary clinics, safety, and investigation actions are topic to evolve with not more than 50% or staff on-site.
Eating places are allowed for take-out and supply solely and might solely partially function.
Malls are open however solely restricted to important providers.
Unauthorized public gatherings will not be permitted beneath MECQ and extremely restricted as much as a most of 5.
Can we journey throughout MECQ?
Individuals can go outdoors to do their mandatory errands however prohibited to individual beneath twenty-one (21) years outdated, those that are sixty (60) years outdated and above, these with well being dangers situation, and pregnant girls.
No home flights are allowed. Solely restricted worldwide flights are permitted and largely managed inbound journey for our returning fellow Filipinos solely.
This additionally implies that quarantine passes are required to restrict the folks allowed to exit, and just one move per family is issued to buy requirements like meals and medicines.
Land journey can be troublesome once more as public transportation can be suspended beginning midnight tonight.
Solely public shuttle providers for frontliners and staff in allowed industries are permitted to function.
The next modes of public transportation is not going to be allowed in areas beneath MECQ:
- Know-how- and app-based transport community automobile service (TNVS like Seize)
- Tricycles (however with exceptions, topic to the rules set by the Division of the Inside and Native Authorities and respective native authorities models)
- Philippine Nationwide Railways, Light Rail Transit Line 1 and Line 2, and Metro Rail Transit Line 3
For personal transport, the next can be permitted:
- Firm shuttle with a passenger capability of 50% and a particular allow from LTFRB for rented shuttles
- Private automobiles owned by staff in permitted sectors with solely two folks per row
- Particular person use of bicycle, motorbike or e-scooter by individuals are allowed to exit
The federal government encourages folks to make use of motorbikes, e-scooter, and bicycles for commuting to locations particularly going to work.
And there can be a strict implementation of checkpoints in borders between areas beneath MECQ and GCQ.
For people who must journey intercity, solely well being and emergency personnel, authorities officers, entrance line personnel and individuals that must journey for are solely allowed to journey to and from areas beneath totally different ranges of quarantine, simply at all times be reminded to deliver your organization ID and different mandatory paperwork always as proof of the place you’re employed or reside.
Whereas different elements of the nation are nonetheless beneath a extra relaxed basic neighborhood quarantine (GCQ), all licensed individuals outdoors residences should comply with social distancing measures, to put on face masks in public locations always, and regularly sanitize and wash their fingers.
For many who reside in areas beneath MECQ, be reminded with these tips, and safely keep at residence when no mandatory outdoors errands are wanted. Throughout this time, well being must be our first precedence, and for our postponed journey plans let’s be extra optimistic, re-plan, and re-schedule for higher itineraries. To everybody keep wholesome and maintain protected.