Final guidelines of Enhanced and General Community Quarantine, released

THE Malakanyang has released final guidelines on Enhanced Community Quarantine and General Community Quarantine which will extend from May 1 to May 15.

 

The areas to be put under the ECQ from May 1, 12:01 AM to May 15, 11:59 PM are as follows:

 

National Capital Region,  Central Luzon except for Aurora, CALABARZON, Pangasinan, Benguet, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod City, Davao City.

 

Areas not on the ECQ list will be subject to GCQ.

 

Here are detailed guidelines on the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ):

 

  1. Any person below twenty-one (21) years old, those who are sixty (60) years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, 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 for obtaining essential goods and services or formwork in permitted industries and offices.
  2. Manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products, medicine and vitamins, medical supplies, devices and equipment, and essential products such as but not limited to soap and detergents, diapers, feminine hygiene products, toilet papers and wet wipes, and disinfectants. Provided, that establishments involved in the production, manufacturing, packaging, processing, and distribution of food may operate at a maximum of fifty percent (50%) of their respective workforces unless the supply level of a basic food product warrants a higher capacity, in which case, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hereby authorized to approve the temporary increase of workforce capacity. Provided, further, that manufacturers of medicines, medical supplies, devices, and equipment, including but not limited to suppliers of input, packaging, and distribution, shall be allowed to operate at full capacity;
  3. Delivery services, whether in-house or outsourced, transporting food, medicine, or other essential goods. Delivery of clothing, accessories, hardware, housewares, school and office supplies, as well as pet food and other veterinary products, shall likewise be allowed;
  4. 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;
  5. Power, energy, water, information technology, and telecommunications supplies and facilities, including waste disposal services, as well as property management and building utility services;
  6. Energy 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 refineries and depots or any kind of fuel used to produce electricity;
  7. 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;
  8. Airline and aircraft maintenance employees, including pilots and crew, and ship captains and crew;
  9. Media establishments, at a maximum operational capacity of fifty percent (50%) of their total permanent staff complement as registered under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), inclusive of reporters and other field employees, as accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office;
  10. Construction workers accredited by the Department of Public Works and Highways to work on facilities identified for purposes of quarantine and isolation, including such facilities for the health sector, emergency works, flood control, and other disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation works;
  11. Manufacturing companies and suppliers of equipment or products necessary to perform construction works;
  12. Workers accredited by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to work on utility relocation works, and specified limited works across thirteen (13) railway projects, including replacement works for the Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3. Provided, that where applicable, on-site or near-site accommodations and/or point-to-point shuttle services should be arranged;
  13. Employees of the Philippine Postal Corporation at a capacity necessary to maintain the prompt delivery of services to its clients;
  14. The Philippine Statistics Authority, at a capacity necessary to conduct data gathering and survey activities related to COVID-19 and the registration and implementation of the national identification (ID) system
  15. Funeral and embalming services. Provided, that funeral service operators are directed to provide shuttle services and/or housing accommodations for their personnel and staff;
  16. Humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), and United Nations-Humanitarian Country Teams, as well as individuals performing relief operations to augment the government’s response against COVID-19 and other disasters or calamities that may occur. Provided, that they are authorized by the appropriate government agency or LGU
  17. Repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine protocols; Non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine; and Health care workers and other employees from exempted establishments under these Omnibus Guidelines and applicable Memoranda from the Executive Secretary. Provided that in all of the foregoing, hotel operations shall be limited to the provision of basic lodging to guests.
  18. Regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over permitted establishments or persons are likewise tasked to issue official IATF accreditation IDs. Bonafide IDs issued by establishments exempted from the strict home quarantine requirement shall likewise be honored by law enforcement agencies.
  19. T h e Ra p i dPa s s s y s t em s h a l l b e complementary to the existing IATF IDs issued by the member-agencies which shall continue to be honored in all quarantine checkpoints. Enrollment for RapidPass IDs shall be voluntary and shall only cover qualified private sector entities or persons. The movement of cargo vehicles shall be unhampered. Cargo vehicles, as well as vehicles used by public utility companies, BPOs, and export-oriented establishments, shall not be subject to an ID system.
  20. The PNP retains its authority to conduct inspection procedures in checkpoints only for ensuring that protocols on strict home quarantine are observed. Government offices and private corporations are encouraged to process payrolls online. However, for those who cannot, payroll managers, and such other employees that may be required to process payrolls and print payrolls shall be allowed to travel and operate covering the periods of ECQ.

Other exemptions from the home quarantine requirement through previous IATF resolutions or issuances by the Office of the President shall be honored.

Here are the detailed guidelines for the General Community Quarantine (GCQ):

 

  1. Minimum public health standards shall be complied with at all times for the duration of the GCQ.
  2. The movement of all persons in areas placed under GCQ shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate hereunder. Provided, that movement for leisure purposes shall not be allowed.
  3. Any person below twenty-one (21) years old and below, those who are sixty (60) years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, 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 for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.
  4. Work in government offices may be at full operational capacity, or under such alternative work arrangements as agencies may deem proper in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
  5. The following sectors or industries shall be allowed to operate:
      • Agriculture, fishery, and forestry industries, food manufacturing and food supply chain businesses, including food retail establishments such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and food preparation establishments insofar as take-out and delivery services, food delivery services, health-related establishments, the logistics sector, information technology, and telecommunication companies, the media, at full operational capacity;
      • Mining and other manufacturing, export-oriented, and electronic commerce companies, as well as other delivery, repair and maintenance, and housing and office services, at anywhere between fifty percent (50%) up to full operational capacity, and without prejudice to work-from-home and other alternative work arrangements; and
      • Financial services, BPOs, legal and accounting, and auditing services, professional, scientific, technical, and other non-leisure services, and other non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments, at a maximum of fifty percent (50%) work-on-site arrangement, and without prejudice to work-from-home and other alternative work arrangements. Specific industries under each category are reflected in a separate document issued by the DTI.
  6. 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 the item (5) of this Section. Provided, further, those ages below 21 years old, and those 60 years old and above 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 DTI may issue guidelines to limit foot traffic in such establishments.
  7. Essential public and private construction projects, such as but not limited to sewerage, water services facilities, and digital works, and health facilities, and priority projects, shall be allowed to operate in accordance with guidelines issued by the DPWH, reflected in a separate issuance.
  8. Amusement, gaming, and fitness establishments, as well as those in the kids and the tourism industries, and all Category IV industries may not operate. Industries in Category IV are reflected in the separate DTI issuance mentioned above.
  9. No hotels or similar establishments shall be allowed to operate, except those accommodating the following:
      • For areas outside Luzon, guests who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of May 1, 2020;
      • Guests who have existing long-term bookings;
      • Distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals;
      • Repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine protocols;
      • Non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine; and
      • Healthcare workers and other employees from exempted establishments under these Omnibus Guidelines and applicable Memoranda from the Executive Secretary.

      Provided that in all of the foregoing, hotel operations shall be limited to the provision of basic lodging to guests.

  10. Physical classes shall be suspended for the duration of the GCQ. This notwithstanding, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) may hold classes through flexible learning arrangements to finish the Academic Year 2019-2020 and may operate at a limited capacity to receive students’ requirements and prepare and issue credentials to students subject to the guidelines as may be issued by the Commission on Higher Education.
  11. The prohibition on mass gatherings as defined in Section 2 of these Guidelines shall also be applicable to areas placed under GCQ. Provided, that essential work gatherings and religious activities may continue so long as strict social distancing, defined as the strict maintenance of at least two (2)-meters distance between and among those attending, and the mandatory wearing of face mask, face shield, or other facial protective equipment by attendees, is maintained during the entirety of the event.
  12. The road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall operate at a reduced capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the DOTr. Provided, that in all public transports, a strict one (1) meter distance between passengers shall be observed and appropriate engineering controls in place.

 

Meanwhile, detailed guidelines for interzonal movement have been laid out, including the ECQ area to a GCQ area and vice versa and an area not under community quarantine to a GCQ or ECQ area, and vice versa. In the case of transit across localities in the same community quarantine setup, such transits will be treated as movements within a single GCQ or ECQ zone.

 

  1. The non-essential entry and exit of people to and from the ECQ zone shall be prohibited, except: (a) health workers, (b) government officials and government frontline personnel, (c) those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, (d) persons transiting to the airport for travel abroad, (e) workers in permitted establishments and persons providing essential goods and services and public utilities, (f) essential skeletal workforce, (g) repatriated OFWs and non-OFWs returning to their residences, and (h) other persons transported through the efforts of the national government upon conduct of the necessary quarantine protocols and in concurrence with the receiving LGUs;
  2. The movement of all types of cargoes by land, air, or sea within and across areas placed under ECQ or GCQ shall be unhampered. Workers in the logistics sector, such as cargo, trucking, and port operations shall likewise be allowed to transit across areas placed under ECQ or GCQ. All LGUs are directed to strictly abide by this national policy. Provided, that only a maximum of five (5) personnel may operate cargo and delivery vehicles by land, with or without load. LGUs and local health units (LHUs) are hereby enjoined not to issue orders contrary to or inconsistent with said directive, such as, but not limited to, requiring asymptomatic drivers and crew of cargo or service delivery vehicles to undergo mandatory fourteen (14)-day home quarantine. Provided, further, that strict social distancing measures must be strictly observed, which may include, if necessary, the putting up of additional safe and humane seats or space in the vehicles. Provided, finally, that the PNP retains its authority to conduct inspection procedures in checkpoints for the purpose of ensuring that protocols on strict home quarantine are observed.
  3. Land, air, or sea travel by uniformed personnel and government officials and employees for official business, with the corresponding travel authority, especially those transporting medical supplies and laboratory specimens related to COVID-19, and other relief and humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed.
  4. OFWs, permanent residents of foreign jurisdictions, and stranded foreign nationals may leave for abroad through any of the airports or seaports in areas placed under ECQ or GCQ without any impediment. Provided that this provision shall not be interpreted to allow outbound travel by Filipinos to countries where travel restrictions are in place. Provided, further, that departing passengers may be accompanied by not more than one (1) person when traveling to any international port, who shall be allowed to return to his/her point of origin.
  5. Repatriated OFWs or returning non-OFWs who have been issued a DOH or LGU certificate of completion of fourteen (14)-day facility-based quarantine, or those who may be required to undergo a mandatory fourteen (14)-day home quarantine shall be granted unhampered transit across zones en route to their final destination in the Philippines. For this purpose, LGUs are enjoined to allow maritime vessels or aircraft transporting the aforementioned OFWs and non-OFWs to dock or land at their ports of destination.

 

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