ECQ, MECQ and  GCQ Guidelines

Enhanced Community Quarantine(ECQ), Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine((MECQ)) and General Community Quarantine Guidelines(GCQ)

FROM May 16 to May 31, Metro Manila, Cebu City and Laguna province will shift to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) while eight regions will go into general community quarantine (GCQ).

Eight other regions, which have low risk of novel coronavirus infection, will graduate from the community quarantine.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said MECQ is still ECQ, except that some industries will be allowed to operate at a limited capacity.

In GCQ areas, restrictions will be further relaxed but Roque cautioned that these areas are still under a community quarantine.

Here are the dos and don’ts of each kind of community quarantine.

Enhanced Community Quarantine

Everyone should stay at home except for persons authorized outside residence i.e. health workers, workers in industries allowed to operate
Not allowed to exercise outside residence
Any kind of gatherings are not allowed
No public transport and domestic flights are allowed; international flights are limited
Companies allowed to continue operations in limited capacity should provide shuttle for its workers
Classes are suspended; School premises are closed
For government offices: Skeletal workforce may be on site while others will be on work from home status
Public and private construction projects are not allowed
Manufacturing of alcoholic beverages, electrical machinery, wood products (furniture), non-metallic products, textile/ wearing apparels, tobacco products, paper, rubber and plastic products, electrical equipment, transport and motor vehicle equipment is prohibited
Real estate activities and industries involving cement steel is allowed only with 50 percent workforce
Industries involving mining and quarrying, electronic commerce companies, postal courier and delivery services, export oriented companies is allowed
Repair of computers and personal and household goods are allowed
Housing service activities are allowed
Special purpose accommodation for healthcare workers, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), worker in permitted sectors, and non-OFWs in hotels are allowed with mandated quarantine
Veterinary clinics are partially open
Advertising and market research, computer programming, publishing and printing activities, film, music and TV production, wholesale, retail trade and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle including parts and components are not allowed
Employment activities i.e. recruitment and placement for permitted sectors are allowed
Malls and commercial centers, barber shops and salons, hardware stores, clothing and accessories, mall-based- government frontline services, bookstores and school and office supplies stores, baby care supplies store, pet food and pet care supply stores, IT, communications and electronic equipment stores, flower, jewelry, novelty, antique and perfume shops; toy store are not allowed to operate
Gym/ fitness studio and sports facilities; entertainment industries; kids amusement industries; libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers; tourist destinations; travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services and other related activities; personal care service i.e. massage parlors, sauna, facial care and waxing are not allowed to operate.

 

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine

Everyone should stay at home except for persons authorized outside residence ie. health workers, workers in industries allowed to operate
Limited outdoor exercise is allowed such as walking, jogging and biking providing safety protocols such as wearing of masks and social distancing is being observed
Gathering of maximum of 5 persons is allowed
No public transport and domestic flights are allowed; international flights are limited
Companies allowed to continue operations in limited capacity should provide shuttle for its workers
Controlled inbound travel for OFWs and returning Filipinos
Use of Bicycle, Motorcycle and E-scooters are allowed but back-riding is no allowed
No inter-island travel
Classes are suspended. School premises are closed,
For government offices: Skeletal workforce may be on site while others will be on work from home status
Private and Public construction projects are allowed but only with 50 percent work force


Prior to deployment
workers are within 21 to 59 years old without pre-existing conditions
Workers were tested before starting (employers should shoulder expenses)
Workers should be fetched by a private shuttle and must be housed in barracks in the construction site for the entire project duration
Employers should secure quarantine passes for onsite employees


During deployment
Social distancing is strictly observed including inside barracks
Daily disinfection of workplace and barracks is required
Workers returning from outside should undergo mandatory quarantine
Deliveries and disposal should be handled by separate team
Workers are using Personal Protective Equipment
Safety Officer are on site to ensure compliance with minimum health requirements
Manufacturing of alcoholic beverages, electrical machinery, wood products (furniture), non-metallic products, textile/ wearing apparels, tobacco products, paper, rubber and plastic products, electrical equipment, transport and motor vehicle equipment with 50 percent workforce
Industries involving cement steel, mining and quarrying, electronic commerce companies, postal courier and delivery services, export oriented companies is allowed
Real estate activities is allowed only with 50 percent workforce
Repair of computers and personal and household goods are allowed
Housing service activities are allowed
Office administrative and office support are allowed but only 50 percent of workforce
Special purpose accommodation for healthcare workers, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), worker in permitted sectors, and non-OFWs in hotels are allowed with mandated quarantine
Veterinary clinics are partially open
Advertising and market research, computer programming, publishing and printing activities, film, music and TV production, wholesale, retail trade and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle including parts and components are allowed in limited capacity
Malls and commercial centers, hardware stores, clothing and accessories, mall-based- government frontline services, bookstores and school and office supplies stores, baby care supplies store, pet food and pet care supply stores, IT, communications and electronic equipment stores, flower, jewelry, novelty, antique and perfume shops; toy store are allowed to operate with 50 percent workforce
barber shops and salons are not allowed to operate
Gym/ fitness studio and sports facilities; entertainment industries; kids amusement industries; libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers; tourist destinations; travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services and other related activities; personal care service i.e. massage parlors, sauna, facial care and waxing are not allowed to operate

General Community Quarantine

Elderly and persons below 21 years old who may serve as transmitters are not allowed to go out
Limited Contact Sports is allowed such as golf and tennis
Gathering of maximum of 10 persons is allowed
Public transport may resume provided that strict social distancing is being observed (i.e. rail transit, bus, jeepney, taxi, TNVS, tricycle)
Use of bicycle, motorcycle and E-scooters for transportation are allowed
Traveling from one place under GCQ to another place under GCQ is allowed provided that safety protocols are observed
Schools may activate skeletal workforce limited for the process of requirements from students and for preparation of graduation and upcoming school opening
Alternative work arrangements for government employees; possible 4-day work week
Private and Public construction projects are allowed to resume provided that mandated safety measures are observed
Manufacturing of alcoholic beverages, electrical machinery, wood products (furniture), non-metallic products, textile/ wearing apparels, tobacco products, paper, rubber and plastic products, electrical equipment, transport and motor vehicle equipment are allowed to resume
Industries involving cement steel, mining and quarrying, electronic commerce companies, postal courier and delivery services, export oriented companies and real estate activities is allowed
Repair of computers and personal and household goods are allowed
Housing service activities are allowed
Office administrative and office support are allowed
Special purpose accommodation for healthcare workers, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), worker in permitted sectors, and non-OFWs in hotels are allowed with mandated quarantine
Veterinary clinics are allowed to operate
Advertising and market research, computer programming, publishing and printing activities, film, music and TV production, wholesale, retail trade and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle including parts and components, rental and leasing and Employment activities i.e. recruitment and placement for permitted sectors are allowed
barber shops and salons are not allowed to operate
Malls and commercial centers, hardware stores, clothing and accessories, mall-based- government frontline services, bookstores and school and office supplies stores, baby care supplies store, pet food and pet care supply stores, IT, communications and electronic equipment stores, flower, jewelry, novelty, antique and perfume shops; toy store are allowed to operate with 50 percent workforce
Prohibition in dining in at restaurants still under review
Gym/ fitness studio and sports facilities; entertainment industries; kids amusement industries; libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers; tourist destinations; travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services and other related activities; personal care service i.e. massage parlors, sauna, facial care and waxing should remain closed.

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