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Guidelines for areas placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) effective May 16-31

Today, May 16, is the start of modified enhanced community quarantine for classified areas under the guidelines recommended and imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) until May 31.

Wondering about the guidelines? Read below.

1 . Minimum public health standards as prescribed by the DOH and such related protocols and guidelines issued by the appropriate government agencies on the ECQ shall be applied to the MECQ and shall be complied with at all times.

2 . Strict home quarantine shall be observed in all households, and the movement of all residents shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in permitted offices or establishments or such other activities listed here under.

3 . Any person below twenty-one (21) yeaes old, those who are sixty years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidites, or other health risks, and pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, shall be required to remain in their residences, at all times except when indispensable under the circumstances when obtaining for essential goods and services, for work in industries and offices or such other activities permitted in this Section.

4 . Industries, establishments and offices enumerated under Section 2(4) shall be allowed to work and operate at the same operational capacity and under the same conditions provided therein in areas under ECQ. The following, however, may operate in full operational capacity:

a. Media establishments;

b. Establishment involved in the production of cement and steel;

c. BPOs and export-oriented establishment; without the need to set up onsite or near-site accommodation arrangements;

d. Mining and quarrying;

e. E-commerce companies;

f. Postal, courier, and delivery services;

g. Rental and leasing, other than real estate, such as vehicles and equipment for permitted sectors;

h. Employment activities that involves the recruitment and placement for permitter sectors;

i. Repair of computers, personal and household goods; and

j. Housing services activities.


5 . The following offices, establishments or individuals conducting or providing the following activities or services are allowed to operate at fifty percent (50%) operational capacity, while encouraging work-from-home and other flexible work arrangement, where applicable:

a. Other manufacturing industries, classified as beverages, including alcoholics drinks; electrical machinery; wood products and furniture; non-metallic products; textile and wearing/clothing apparels; tobacco products; paper and paper products; rubber and plastic products; coal and refined petroleum products; other non-metallic mineral products; computers, electronic and optical products; electrical equipment; machinery and equipment; motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers; other transport equipment; and others;

b. Real estate and leasing activities;

c. Administrative and office support such as, but not limited to, providing photocopying and billing services;

d. Other financial services such as, but not limites to, money exchange, insurance, microfinance and credit cooperatives, reinsurance and non-compulsary pension, funding;

e. Legal and accounting services;

f. Management consultancy services or activities;

g. Architectural and engineering activities that include technical testing and analysis;

h. Science and technology, and research and development;

i. Recruitment and placement agencies for overseas employment;

j. Advertising and marketing research;

k. Computer programming and information management services;

l. Publishing and printing services;

m. Film, music and television production;

n. Photography, fashion, and industrial, graphic and interior design;

o. Wholesale and retail trade of vehicles and their parts and components; whether each vehicles be fuel, electric or human powered;

p. Repair and maintenance of vehicles as defined in the immediate preceding provision as well as its parts and components;

q. Malls and commercial centers, subject to the guidlelines issued by the DTI relative to operation of the same;

r. Dining and restaurants, but for delivery and take-out only;

s. Hardware stores;

t. Clothing and accessories;

u. Bookstore and school and office supplies;

v. Baby or infant care supplies;

w. Pet food and pet care supplies;

x. Information technology, communications and electronic equipment;

y. Flower, jewelry, novelty, antique and perfume shops; and

z. Toy stores: Provided, that their playgrounds and amusement areas, if any, shall remain closed;

aa. Firearms and ammunition trading establishments, subject to strict regulation of the Firearms and Explosives Office;

bb. Pastors, priests, rabbi, imams, and other religious ministers insofar as providing home religious services to household. Provided, that proper protocols shall be observed such as social distancing, wearimg of face masks and the like; and


6 . Work in all government offices shall operate under a skeleton workforce and with the rest under such alternative work arrangements as the agencies may deem proper in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

7. Accredited diplomatic missions and international organizations shall be advised to operate under a skeleton workforce; without prejudice to alternative work arrangements as the said missions and organizations may deem proper.

8. Hotels or similar establishments shall not be allowed to operate, except those accommodating the following:

a. For areas outside Luzon, guests who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of 01 May 2020;

b. Guests who have existing long-term bookings;

c. Distressed OFWs and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals;

d. Repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine protocols;

e. Non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine; and

f. Health care workers and other employees from exempted establishments under these: Revised Omnibus Guidelines and applicable Memoranda from the Executive Secretary.


9. Public gatherings that are unauthorized, non-work essential or entertainment related – such as movie screenings, concerts, and sporting events – are prohibited. While adhering to the prescribed minimum health standards, religious gatherings are highly restricted and limited to not more than five (5) persons.

10. Residential or face-to-face classes at all levels shall be suspended for the duration of the MECQ.

11. Public transportation shall be suspended. This notwithstanding, commissioned shuttle services for employees of permitted offices or establishments, as well as point-to-point transport service provided by the government shall be allowed to operate, giving priority to healthcare workers.

12. Private transportation such as company shuttles and personal vehicles utilized by persons authorized outside their residences are allowed subject to the guidelines provided by DOTr. The use of bikes and other non-motorized transportation is strongly encouraged.

13. Limited operations in malls and shopping centers shall be allowed, except for leisure establishments and services which shall continue to be closed. Provided, that establishments and services allowed to operate in malls and shopping centers may only operate at a capacity consistent with items (4) and (5) of this Section. Provided, further, that those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, may not enter malls and shopping centers, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in establishments located therein. Provided, finally, that such operations must comply with the updated guidelines as may be issued by the DTI.

14. In addition to those allowed and enumerated construction projects under Section 2 of these Guidelines, other essential and priority public and private construction projects shall be allowed, subject to compliance with the DPWH construction safety guidelines. Provided, however, that small scale-projects as defined and set by the DPWH shall not be allowed.

15. The following shall not be allowed to operate within an area under MECQ:

a. Tourist destinations such as water parks, reservation service and related services;

b. Entertainmemt industries such as cinemas, theaters, and karaoke bars;

c. Kid amusement industries such as playroom and kiddy rides;

d. Libraries, archives, muses and cultural centers;

e. Gyms, fitness studios and sports facilities; and

f. Personal care services such as massage parlors, sauna, facial care and waxing.


16. The provisions relative to processing of payrolls, the RapidPass system, use of government owned or hired vehicles and identification cards for humanitarian assistance actors and public and private employees in areas under ECQ shall likewise apply in areas under MECQ.

17. Individual outdoor exercise such as outdoor walks, jogging, running or biking are allowed within MECQ areas. Provided, that the minimum health standards and precautions such as the wearing of masks and the maintenance of social distancing protocols are observed.

18. Other exemptions from the ECQ through previous IATF resolutions or issuances by the Office of the President shall also be applied in MECQ.

*Source: The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution no. 37 approved by the Office of the President. (Effective May 16, 2020)

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