The National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will be placed anew under the stricter enhanced community quarantine starting Monday, March 29 at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, April 4.
The announcement came after the Philippines reported an all-time high number of 9,838 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, malls will be allowed to remain open for essential stores such as groceries, pharmacies, and hardware stores.
Meanwhile, restaurants will be allowed to remain open for take-out and delivery. All types of dine-in, including al fresco, are now prohibited.
The following establishments, services, activities and persons will be allowed to operate, work or be undertaken for the duration of the ECQ:
With full on-site capacity:
- Public and private hospitals
- Health, emergency and frontline services, including those provided by dialysis centers, chemotherapy centers, and the like
- Manufacturers of medicines and vitamins, medical supplies, devices and equipment, including suppliers of input, packaging, and distribution
- Industries involved in agriculture, forestry, and fishery and their workers, including farmers, agrarian reform beneficiaries, fisherfolk, and agri-fishery stores, and such other components of the food value chain
- Logistics service providers (delivery and courier services, cargo handling, warehousing, trucking, freight forwarding, port operations and shipping line)
- Essential and priority construction projects, whether public or private, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways
- Manufacturing related to food and other essential goods such as but not limited to soap, detergents, disinfectants, and personal hygiene products
- Companies that manufacture and/or supply equipment or products necessary to perform construction or maintenance works, such as cement and steel, or spare parts
- Essential retail trade and service establishments such as public markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies or drug stores, laundry shops, and water-refilling stations
- Food preparation establishments such as commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, but limited to take-out and delivery
- Public and private financial service providers involved in the distribution of government grants and amelioration subsidies
- Business process outsourcing establishments and export-oriented businesses, including mining and quarrying activities
At a maximum 50% on-site capacity:
- Media establishments and their total permanent staff complement, inclusive of reporters and other field employees
With an on-site skeleton workforce:
- Dental, rehabilitation, optometry and other medical clinics: Provided that there is strict observance of infection prevention and control protocols. Provided, further, that dental procedures shall be limited to emergency cases only and that the wearing of full personal protective equipment by dentists and attendants shall be mandatory. Provided, finally, that home service therapy for persons with disabilities shall be allowed
- Veterinary clinics
- Banks, money transfer services, including pawnshops only insofar as performing money transfer functions, microfinance institutions, and credit cooperatives, including their armored vehicle services, if any
- Capital markets, including but not limited to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippine Stock Exchange, Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corporation, Philippine Securities Settlement Corporation, and Philippine Depository and Trust Corporation
- Water supply and sanitation services and facilities, including waste disposal services, as well as property management and building utility services
- Energy and power companies, their third-party contractors and service providers, including employees involved in electric transmission and distribution, electric power plant and line maintenance, electricity market and retail suppliers, as well as those involved in the exploration, operations, trading and delivery of coal, oil, crude or petroleum and by-products (gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, jet oil, kerosene, lubricants), including gasoline stations, refineries and depots or any kind of fuel used to produce electricity
- Telecommunications companies, internet service providers, cable television providers, including those who perform indirect services such as the technical, sales, and other support personnel, as well as the employees of their third-party contractors doing sales, installation, maintenance and repair works
- Airline and aircraft maintenance, pilots and crew, and employees of aviation schools for purposes of the pilot’s recurrent training for flight proficiency and type rating using simulator facilities; and ship captains and crew, including shipyard operations and repair
- Funeral and embalming services
- Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams or such other religious ministers and their assistants whose movement shall be related to the conduct of religious services performed through online video recording and transmission, and necrological or funeral rites. Corollarily, immediate family members of the deceased who died of causes other than COVID-19 shall be allowed to move from their residences to attend the wake or interment of the deceased upon satisfactory proof of their relationship with the latter, fully complying with the prescribed minimum public health standards for the duration of the activity
- Security personnel licensed by the Philippine National Police - Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies
- Printing establishments authorized by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and other government agencies to print accountable forms and other security documents
- Establishments engaged in repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment, including those engaged in the repair of computers and household fixtures and equipment
- Real estate activities limited to leasing only
Meanwhile, agencies and instrumentalities of the government will be fully operational with a skeleton workforce on-site, while the remainder will be under alternative work arrangements.
The Congress, Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan, the lower courts, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Constitutional Commissions may implement any alternative work arrangements.
Officials and employees of foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs may also operate with a skeleton workforce.
Further, only hotels or accommodation establishments with valid DOT accreditation will be allowed to operate.
As of Sunday, the Philippines has reported a total of 721,892 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 13,170 deaths. —with Ma. Angelica Garcia/JST/BM, GMA News