August 2021 ECQ pointers: What to anticipate as Metro Manila goes into lockdown

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 3:24 p.m., Aug. 6) — With the looming menace of the far more contagious Delta coronavirus variant, the govt buckled less than force from authorities, business leaders and mayors to location Metro Manila underneath increased local community quarantine from August 6 to 20.

The government’s pandemic activity force issued new tips just a working day in advance of this installment of ECQ about the cash area, Laguna and the metropolitan areas of Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro grew to become productive, but the general procedures remained the similar.

In this article are ECQ tips for the August 2021 ECQ.


What time is the curfew?

Metro Manila’s mayors have agreed to impose a curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. commencing August 6.

“When it will come to liquor ban, we are offering the discretion to every [local government unit]. So far, there are LGUs stating they will not apply liquor ban,” Metropolitan Manila Enhancement Authority chairperson Benhur Abalos, who introduced the curfew, explained.

Who really should remain at residence?

All homes should observe stringent household quarantine. 

Folks beneath 18 yrs outdated, those who are 65 several years previous and previously mentioned, folks with immunodeficiency, comorbidity or other health and fitness challenges, pregnant women of all ages ought to remain in their houses at all times.

They may only go away their homes if they will acquire important products and solutions, or if they will report for operate in industries and offices which are authorized to run even below ECQ, or for other actions permitted underneath ECQ.

Checklist: Licensed folks outside the house of residence during ECQ 

Are gatherings permitted?

Frequently, gatherings are not allowed beneath ECQ. Even gatherings at households which will incorporate anybody exterior of people’s immediate domestic are not authorized.

Exemptions to this are necrological expert services, wakes, inurnment and funerals of people today who died of causes other than COVID-19, which are allowed to be attended by their fast loved ones and by spiritual ministers who will accomplish spiritual services.

Also exempted are gatherings vital for the provision of wellness products and services, governing administration products and services, or humanitarian routines authorized by the correct governing administration company or instrumentality.

What institutions will continue to be operational?

Quite a few establishments will have to shut down through ECQ, but hospitals, grocery suppliers, benefit suppliers and drug retailers will all be operational at complete ability.

The subsequent institutions will also be operating at complete ability:

  • General public and private hospitals
  • Health and fitness, unexpected emergency, and frontline products and services, which include people delivered by dialysis centers, chemotherapy facilities, HMOs, health insurance companies, catastrophe possibility reduction management officers, and public basic safety officers, and the like
  • Producers of medications and vitamins, clinical materials, equipment, and machines such as suppliers of input, packaging, and distribution
  • Industries included in agriculture (crops, fruits, vegetables, livestock, and poultry), forestry, fishery, and these other components of the foodstuff benefit chain and their personnel, which includes farmers and fisherfolks
  • Logistics service vendors (shipping and courier services cargo handling warehousing trucking freight forwarding transport, port and terminal operators)
  • Essential and priority building projects, whether or not public or personal, in accordance with the tips issued by the Office of General public Is effective and Highways
  • Producing related to foodstuff and other necessary products this kind of as but not confined to cleaning soap and detergents, diapers, own cleanliness products and solutions, rest room paper, and moist wipes, and disinfectants
  • Businesses that manufacture, distribute, and/or source tools or products essential to carry out design or servicing works, these kinds of as cement and metal, or spare pieces
  • Important retail trade and support establishments these as general public marketplaces, supermarkets, grocery outlets, benefit shops, pharmacies or drug suppliers, hardware, place of work provides, bicycle shops, laundry outlets, and h2o-refilling stations
  • Meals planning institutions these as kiosks, commissaries, eating places, and eateries, but constrained to take-out and shipping
  • General public and non-public fiscal support suppliers included in the distribution of authorities grants and amelioration subsidies
  • Business process outsourcing establishments, and export-oriented organizations, together with mining and quarrying routines
  • Public transport suppliers and operators

Media institutions will remain operational at 50% capability.

The next industries will be operational with a skeleton workforce:

  • Dental, rehabilitation, optometry, and other health-related clinics for the cure of illness or accidents as lengthy as there is demanding observance of an infection prevention and regulate protocols. Dental procedures shall be confined to crisis situations only and dentists ought to don total personal protective machines. Home assistance treatment for persons with disabilities are allowed.
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Banking companies, income transfer expert services, which include pawnshops only insofar as undertaking income transfer functions, microfinance establishments, and credit rating cooperatives, together with their armored car or truck products and services, if any
  • Money marketplaces, including but not minimal to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Securities and Exchange Fee, Philippine Stock Trade, Philippine Dealing and Exchange Company, Philippine Securities Settlement Corporation, and Philippine Depository and Belief Company
  • H2o source and janitorial/sanitation providers and services, together with squander disposal products and services, as properly as assets management and making utility products and services
  • The electricity sector (oil, gasoline, and electric power corporations), their third-celebration contractors and provider suppliers, together with staff members included in electric transmission and distribution, electrical electric power plant and line servicing, electric power market place and retail suppliers, as nicely as those people involved in the exploration, operations, trading and shipping and delivery of coal, oil, crude or petroleum and by-goods (gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, jet oil, kerosene, lubricants), including gasoline stations, refineries, and depots or any sort of gas applied to make electricity
  • Telecommunications firms, web service companies, cable tv vendors, such as those who conduct indirect products and services this sort of as the specialized, revenue, and other assist personnel, as effectively as the personnel of their third-occasion contractors accomplishing gross sales, set up, upkeep, and repair service operates
  • Airline and plane maintenance, pilots and crew, and employees of aviation schools for uses of the pilot’s recurrent teaching for flight proficiency and type rating utilizing simulator services and ship captains and crew, including shipyard operations and mend
  • Funeral and embalming expert services
  • Safety personnel certified by the PNP – Supervisory Workplace for Stability and Investigation Agencies
  • Printing institutions approved by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and other government companies to print accountable types and other security paperwork
  • Establishments engaged in restore and routine maintenance of equipment and gear, for homes and vital permitted institutions
  • Establishments engaged in restore and upkeep of motorized and non-motorized motor vehicles, which includes the sale of spare elements
  • Leasing of genuine and private houses
  • Work pursuits that contain the recruitment and placement for permitted sectors
  • Lecturers, professors and other personnel for uses of conducting on-line/offline, and adaptable courses, completion of grades, and processing of university student credentials, specifications and files
  • Lawyers who will deliver legal representation essential to secure rights of people as nicely as lawful products and services for permitted institutions
  • All other establishments, to the extent needed for the buying and providing of purchaser merchandise or providers on the net

Authorities agencies and instrumentalities will also be totally operational, but with a skeleton perform-power on-web site and the remainder of the workforce beneath substitute do the job arrangements.

Will community transportation be operational?

Of course, public transportation will be operational at 50% ability, but only approved people outside the house of home will be allowed to choose general public transportation.

Will COVID-19 vaccinations continue?

Indeed, shots will keep on to be administered even below ECQ, according to Malacañang.

Walk-in vaccinees will not be authorized, nonetheless, Overall health Undsecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported on August 2.

“Stroll ins will not be permitted, there will be pre-registration. Magkakaroon po ng strict scheduling para po hindi nagkakaroon ng mass collecting sa ating bakunahan (there will be a rigid timetable to keep away from mass gatherings at our vaccination web-sites),” she also stated.

She reported that local federal government units ought to be prepared to supply transportation to and from vaccine websites considering the fact that public transportation will be minimal in the course of ECQ. 

Will there be monetary aid?

The Palace mentioned Monday that it is “sure” that men and women impacted by ECQ in Metro Manila will get money help of P1,000 for every man or woman or up to P4,000 for every home. It is not but crystal clear where the cash will be sourced from.

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Malacañang is only indicating that President Rodrigo Duterte has specified a marching order to resource resources for help to all those who would be adversely impacted by this lockdown.

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