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These Are The Establishments That Will Temporarily Close Under The Proposed 'Circuit Breaker Lockdown'

If enforced, the closure will last until April 4.
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The Department of Health (DOH) is looking at possibly implementing a "circuit breaker lockdown" amid the rapidly rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.

Under the said lockdown, the capacities of certain establishments will be further reduced in the hopes of breaking the transmission of coronavirus, especially with the increasing number of those afflicted by the new variants.

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According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque, restaurants, for example, would need to reduce their capacity from 50 to 30 percent. Certain leisure establishments would also be temporarily closed, such as cultural centers, gaming arcades, libraries, museums, and movie houses. Essential business and religious gatherings would be reduced to 30 percent.

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According to BBC, a circuit breaker lockdown is a "short, sharp period where rules and restrictions get much more strict so there are fewer opportunities for COVID-19 to spread." The results will vary by country, depending on how strictly the rules are enforced and how much people actually follow these. The lockdown has to be in effect long enough to disrupt the spread of the virus, but not too long for the economy to suffer.

As of March 19, the Philippines logged a record-breaking 7,103 new infections in one day alone.