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Imposition of 1-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) starting March 29

Movement in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, also known as Greater Manila area, will be limited further as these will revert to the strictest enhanced community quarantine due to the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced on Saturday.

The ECQ will be effective beginning Monday, March 29 to Easter Sunday, April 4.

The areas were earlier put in a bubble known as NCR Plus until April 4 to tackle the surge in infections at a speed never seen before. However, the bubble has since been superseded by the ECQ imposition, Roque said.

"Superseded na po kasi full limitation on travel na tayo. Lahat tayo manatili sa ating mga tahanan except mga essentials," Roque told reporters.

[Translation: It (NCR Plus bubble) has been superseded because we now have a full limitation on travel. We should all remain in our homes except for the essential workers.]

Some of the implementations are as follows:

  • The areas will be under a 6 pm to 5 am curfew with the exception of authorized persons outside of the residence, cargo vehicles, and public transportation

  • Persons below 18 and above 60 years old, pregnant women, those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, and other health risks should remain in their homes at all times, Malacanang said.

  • Travel passes are not required and exempted workers will only need to show their identification cards.

  • Public transportation and some priority construction projects will continue to operate subject to guidelines that will be provided by the Departments of Transportation and Public Works and Highways.

  • Only healthcare facilities, emergency frontline services, manufacturers of medical supplies and equipment, and services under agriculture and delivery of essential goods, will be allowed to operate at full capacity.

  • Media, private establishments that provide essential goods and services, and workers accredited by the DOTr may work at 50% operational capacity. Other industries such as dental and veterinary clinics, banks, telcos, security, water, and power supply companies, among others, may only have a skeletal workforce under ECQ.

  • Restaurants are no longer permitted to hold dine-in services, even al fresco dining, Roque said. Take-out and food delivery services will still be available but Roque added he has yet to clarify if they can continue to be operational for 24 hours. Only essential stores like groceries and pharmacies will be allowed to open in malls.

  • Religious gatherings will no longer be allowed even during the Holy Week celebration. Meanwhile, public gatherings such as weddings and baptism ceremonies may only have a maximum of 10 attendees. Indoor gatherings with persons outside of the immediate household will be prohibited as well.

  • Staycation hotels will not be operational during ECQ


Attached is the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary

Memorandum from the Executive Secretary
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