Metro Manila together with different four provinces is again to MECQ beginning August four
Manila, Philippines — Because the variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the nation continues to rise, the president hears the attraction of the medical group by reverting Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal again to modified enhanced group 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 pointers are wanted to be noticed particularly for companies.
Companies allowed to function underneath MECQ
Extra companies are decided by the IATF-EID to be allowed to function underneath MECQ than ECQ, however a lot lesser from GCQ. Whereas authorities staff, accredited diplomatic missions, and worldwide organizations solely can work on-site in a skeletal workforce.
Lodges and related establishments should not allowed to open besides those that are exempted by the IATF-EID pointers.
Companies and industries with important providers comparable to hospitals, public utilities, logistics providers are allowed to function.
BPO firms that adjust to sure necessities (like their staff engaged on web site are given lodging and personal shuttle providers whereas the remaining make money working from home) can proceed to function.
Journey companies, sports activities amenities, and cinemas should not allowed to function.
Actual property providers, funeral providers, veterinary clinics, safety, and investigation actions are topic to adapt with not more than 50% or employees on-site.
Eating places are allowed for take-out and supply solely and may solely partially function.
Malls are open however solely restricted to important providers.
Unauthorized public gatherings should not permitted underneath MECQ and extremely restricted as much as a most of 5.
Can we journey throughout MECQ?
Individuals can go outdoors to do their obligatory errands however prohibited to particular person under twenty-one (21) years outdated, those that are sixty (60) years outdated and above, these with well being dangers situation, and pregnant ladies.
No home flights are allowed. Solely restricted worldwide flights are permitted and principally managed inbound journey for our returning fellow Filipinos solely.
This additionally implies that quarantine passes are required to restrict the individuals allowed to exit, and just one cross per family is issued to buy requirements like meals and medicines.
Land journey can be troublesome once more as public transportation will likely be suspended beginning midnight tonight.
Solely public shuttle providers for frontliners and employees in allowed industries are permitted to function.
The next modes of public transportation won’t be allowed in areas underneath MECQ:
- Know-how- and app-based transport community car 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, Gentle Rail Transit Line 1 and Line 2, and Metro Rail Transit Line three
For personal transport, the next will likely be permitted:
- Firm shuttle with a passenger capability of 50% and a particular allow from LTFRB for rented shuttles
- Private automobiles owned by employees in permitted sectors with solely two individuals per row
- Particular person use of bicycle, bike or e-scooter by persons are allowed to exit
The federal government encourages individuals 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 underneath 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 underneath completely different ranges of quarantine, simply all the time be reminded to convey your organization ID and different obligatory paperwork always as proof of the place you’re employed or reside.
Whereas different elements of the nation are nonetheless underneath a extra relaxed basic group quarantine (GCQ), all approved individuals outdoors residences should comply with social distancing measures, to put on face masks in public locations always, and often sanitize and wash their arms.
For many who reside in areas underneath MECQ, be reminded with these pointers, and safely keep at residence when no obligatory 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 hold secure.
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