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Spox Roque: ECQ in “NCR Plus” Bubble will be Extended for Another Week

According to a press briefing by the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson on Saturday, Spokesperson Harry Roque has announced that the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status of the Greater Manila or the NCR+ bubble will be extended for another week.

According to Roque, the IATF has recommended the extension of the ECQ status of the following places from Monday, April 5, 2021 to Sunday, April 11, 2021 :

  • National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Rizal

This announcement was made after a nationwide all-time high of 15,310 new confirmed cases recorded in a single day was reached today. According to Roque, the IATF also recommends the intensified enforcement of prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, and re-integration (PDITR) measures which shall be closely monitored and reported on a daily basis.

Related: Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong Tests Positive For the Virus

ECQ Guidelines


Residents of affected areas will have a curfew of 6:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following day EXCEPT for APORs, workers, cargo vehicles, and public transportation provided they present a valid ID as proof.

Permitted Industries

  • No malls shall operate except for the essential stores i.e. groceries and pharmacies, hardware
  • Restaurants for TAKE-OUT and DELIVERY only. Indoor and al fresco dining is prohibited.

With full operational capacity

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Health, emergency and frontline services
  • manufacturers of medicines, medical supplies, devices and equipment
  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishery and their workers, including farmers ARBs, fisherfolk, and agri-fishery stores
  • Delivery and courier services transporting food, medicine, or other essential goods

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • private establishments (essential goods and services)
  • Media establishments and their total permanent staff complement
  • Workers accredited by DOTr

With skeleton workforce

  • Other medical, dental, rehabilitation, and optometry clinics, pharmacies, or drug stores
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Banks, money transfer services
  • Telecommunication companies, internet service providers, cable television providers
  • Manufacturing companies and suppliers (construction works, such as cement and steel)
  • Funeral and embalming services
  • Security personnel
  • Real estate activities limited to leasing only
  • Capital markets
  • Water supply and sanitation services and facilities
  • Energy and power companies
  • Airline and aircraft maintenance, pilots and crew, and employees
  • The Philippine Postal Corporation, PSA, BPOs, Export businesses, Printing Presses
  • Humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations, NGOs, UN-Humanitarian Country Teams
  • Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, or such other religious ministers (conduct of necrological or funeral rites)
  • Repair of maintenance of machinery and equipment

SOURCE: Office of the Presidential Spokesperson

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