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Now That We're Back To MECQ, Will Your Job Be Affected?

Check if your industry is allowed to operate during the 15-day timeout.
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Updated on August 3, 2020 via reportrMetro Manila and its suburbs will revert to a modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ for 15 days (August 4-18) after President Rodrigo Duterte heeded the call of medical frontliners who asked for a timeout and a rethink of the government's strategy against COVID-19.


In May 2020 of this year, the tables below were released by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to show who are allowed to work during quarantine. Check to see if your industry is allowed to resume operations during the 15-day MECQ. 

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Outdoor Exercise And Gatherings Partially Allowed

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, outdoor exercises such as walking, jogging, running, and biking are allowed under MECQ as long as people wear masks and observe two-meter physical distancing.

He also said that gatherings of not more than five people will be allowed in areas under MECQ. 

Non-Leisure Malls May Reopen

Under the MECQ, non-leisure malls may reopen, but according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, they may only operate on 50 percent of its workforce. This is to allow the public to access essential goods and other items. Stores that are allowed to operate in malls under MECQ are the following:

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  • Mall and commercial centers for non-leisure activities
  • Delivery and take out services of restaurants
  • Hardware stores
  • Clothing and accessories stores
  • Mall-based government frontline services
  • Bookstores and school and office supplies stores
  • Baby care supplies stores
  • Pet food and pet care supplies stores
  • IT, communications, and electronic equipment stores
  • Flower, jewelry, novelty, antique, and perfume shops
  • Toy stores (but playgrounds and amusement centers remain closed)

Manufacturing Companies To Resume Operations

Likewise, manufacturing companies producing the following goods may also operate on 50 percent workforce capacity:

  • Beverages
  • Electrical machinery
  • Wood products, furniture
  • Non-metallic products
  • Textiles/garments
  • Tobacco products
  • Paper and paper products
  • Rubber and plastic products
  • Coal and refined petroleum products
  • Other non-metallic mineral products
  • Computer, electronic, and optical products
  • Electrical equipment
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Motor vehicles, trailers, and semi-trailers
  • Other transport equipment

Workplaces To Partially Reopen Under MECQ

Offices may partially reopen and resume operations on a skeleton workforce if they provide the following services:

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  • Office administrative and office support (such as photocopying, billing)
  • Other financial services (money exchange, insurance, reinsurance, and non-compulsory pension funding)
  • Legal and accounting
  • Management consultancy services
  • Architecture and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis
  • Scientific and research development
  • Advertising and market research
  • Computer programming
  • Publishing and printing
  • Film, music, and TV production
  • Photography, fashion, industrial, graphic, and interior design
  • Wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and parts
  • Repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, including parts