Civil, Property, Family Laws

Business Operations Allowed Under ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ

Further Updated as of 11 November 2020

The IATF Omnibus Guidelines, as amended, enumerates the industries and business operations permitted to operate under the different community quarantine levels.

IATF Resolution No. 81 dated 26 October 2020
provided the latest risk-level classifications, effective from 01 November 2020 until 30 November 2020 without prejudice to the declaration of localized Enhanced Community Quarantine in critical areas. IATF Resolution No. 80 increased the religious gatherings to thirty (30%) percent of seating or venue capacity, enumerated the foreign nationals allowed entry into the Philippines, and removed the pre-boarding requirement for outbound Filipinos for non-essential travel.

General Community Quarantine

(GCQ)

Modified General Community Quarantine

(MGCQ)

Luzon

  1. NCR and the Municipality of Pateros
  2. Batangas

Visayas

  1. Tacloban City
  2. Bacolod City
  3. Iloilo City

Mindanao

  1. Iligan City
  2. Lanao del Sur

Luzon

  1. Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Benguet, Baguio*, Kalinga, Mountain Province;
  2. Region I – Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Dagupan City*;
  3. Region II –Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Santiago City*;
  4. Region III – Pampanga, Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan*, Bulacan*, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Olongapo City*;
  5. Region IV – A – Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Lucena City *;
  6. Region IV-B –Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro*, Romblon, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City;
  7. Region V – Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Naga City, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon.

Visayas

  1. Region VI – Aklan*, Antique, Capiz*, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental;
  2. Region VII – Bohol, Cebu, Cebu City*, Lapu-Lapu City*, Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, Siquijor;
  3. Region VIII – Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Ormoc City.

Mindanao

  1. Region IX – Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City;
  2. Region X – Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City;
  3. Region XI – Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Davao City;
  4. Region XII – North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, General Santos City*, Cotabato City;
  5. Region XIII (Caraga) – Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Butuan City*;
  6. Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) –Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu*, Tawi-Tawi*.

* - Areas with increased risk of transmission

  1. Minimum public health standards shall be complied with.
  2. Movement of persons shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in the permitted industries and establishments. Movement for leisure purposes are still prohibited.
  3. The following are required to remain at home at all times except if indispensable for work in permitted industries and activities, or for obtaining essential goods and services:
    1. Those below 15 years of age;
    2. Those 65 years old and above;
    3. Those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, other health risks, pregnant women;
    4. Those who reside with the aforementioned.
  4. Outdoor non-contact sports such as golf, tennis, range shooting, biking, swimming, skateboarding, badminton shall be allowed. Operations of club houses or similar establishments shall be limited to basic operations. Operations of relevant clubhouses or similar establishments are limited to basic operations and restaurants and cafes up to 30% venue capacity provided social distancing protocols are observed. Dine-in establishments in these establishments are allowed to operate up to 09:00 PM. No spectators in non-contact sports shall be allowed.
  5. Off-track horse race betting stations may operate in areas under GCQ or lower, subject to strict health and safety protocols (per IATF Reso. No. 79).
  6. Religious gatherings shall be allowed up to thirty percent (30%) of the seating or venue capacity (per IATF Reso. No. 80); provided that religious gathering shall be limited to the conduct of religious worship and/or service; Provided further, that there is no objection from the local government unit where the religious gathering may take place. The religious denominations should strictly observe their submitted protocols and the minimum public health standards, particularly the social distancing measures and non-pharmaceutical interventions such as the obligatory wearing of face masks and immediate availability of hand hygiene necessities in the premises (per IATF Reso. No. 51).
  7. Mass gatherings shall be prohibited except for provision of critical government services and authorized humanitarian activities.
  8. Public transport, including road, rail, maritime and aviation sectors, will be allowed with strict safe distancing, at a reduced operational and vehicle capacity, and subject to one (1) meter distance between passengers (per Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020)
  9. Inter-island travel from one area under GCQ to another area under GCQ are allowed, provided that safety protocols are observed (also see item 11 below). Interzonal movement from persons between areas placed under GCQ and MGCQ for any purpose other than leisure is allowed. Movement to and from an area under GCQ to an area with no community quarantine is allowed except if for leisure. (per Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020)
  10. School may have skeletal workforce to process requirements from students and to prepare for graduation and the next semester.
  11. Face-to-face or in-person classes shall be suspended. For basic education, opening of classes shall be on 24 August 2020 and shall end on 30 April 2021; For higher education, recommendations of CHED shall be adopted; For technical vocational education and training (TVET) of the TESDA, trainings and assessments may be conducted subject to TESDA Guidelines and minimum public health standards (per Omnibus Guidelines issued 10-08-20). Face-to-face competency assessment for domestic work, caregiver and housekeeping qualifications, ship’s catering and other TVET qualifications may be allowed up to 50% assessment site capacity, subject to TESDA and DTI Guidelines (per IATF Resolution No. 78).
  12. Non-essential outbound travel
  1. Filipinos are allowed starting 21 October 2020, subject to the following conditions (per IATF Resolution No. 79, as amended by IATF Resolution No. 80):
    1. For those travelling on tourist visas or short-term/visitor visas, submission of confirmed round-trip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance to cover travel disruptions and hospitalization in case of COVID-19 infections during their allowable period of stay abroad;
  2. Execution of a Bureau of Immigration Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling, including risk of delay in their return trip, to be provided at the check-in counters by the airlines;
  3. Whenever required by the country of destination or the airline, a negative COVID-19 test taken in accordance with the health and safety protocols of such destination country or airline; and
  4. Upon return, they shall follow the Guidelines of the National Task Force for Returning Overseas Filipinos.

The foregoing shall not be interpreted to allow outbound travel by Filipinos to countries where travel restrictions are in place and this is without prejudice to the Bureau of Immigration’s exercise of its mandate prior to departure (per IATF Reso. No. 79).

12. Tourists from areas under GCQ or lower, or those travelers from Western Visayas are allowed to go to Boracay starting 01 October 2020 (per IATF Resolution No. 74) subject to conditions.

  1. Minimum public health standards shall be complied with.
  2. Movement of persons shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, for work in offices permitted to operate, and for other activities permitted.
  3. The following are required to remain at home at all times except if indispensable for work in permitted industries and activities, or for obtaining essential goods and services:
    1. Those below 15 years of age;
    2. Those 65 years old and above;
    3. Those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, other health risks, pregnant women.
  4. Indoor and outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise shall be allowed (i.e. walking, jogging, golf) provided minimum public health standards are observed. Sharing of equipment and the presence of spectators shall likewise be prohibited (per the Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020).
  5. Mass gatherings shall be allowed (i.e. religious services, movie screenings, concerts) provided participants shall be limited to 50% of the venue capacity.
  6. Alternative work arrangements should be made for persons 60 years old and above, those with health risks, and pregnant women.
  7. Public transportation shall be allowed in accordance with DOTr guidelines and shall observe a strict one (1) meter distance between passengers. (per Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020)
  8. Limited face-to-face or in-person classes may be conducted in Higher Education Institutions provided minimum health standards are observed. Mass gatherings of students in such institutions are still prohibited. For K-12, the Basic Education Leaning Continuity Plan of the DepEd shall be adopted.
  9. Non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos is allowed starting 21 October 2020, subject to the same conditions in the first column (per IATF Reso. No. 79).
  10. Indoor and outdoor non-contact sports shall be allowed provided no sharing of equipment.
  11. Tourists from areas under GCQ or lower, or those travelers from Western Visayas are allowed to go to Boracay starting 01 October 2020 (per IATF Resolution No. 74) subject to conditions.
  12. Movement from places under MGCQ to and from areas under no community quarantine is allowed but insofar as tourism travel is concerned, the same may still be subject to regulations of the LGU concerned (per the Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020).
  13. Operation of licensed cockpits and conduct of cockfighting activities are allowed in areas under MGCQ or lower, subject to strict health protocols; Provided, that in-person audience, online or remote betting and live broadcasting/telecasting of cockfights shall not be permitted. LGUs have final decision on whether operation of licensed cockpits and conduct of cockfighting activities can proceed in their respective localities (per IATF Reso. No. 79).

Industries/Services Allowed to Operate

(Per DTI MC No. 20-57)

Category I

ECQ

MECQ

GCQ

MGCQ

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries

  • Manufacturing of essential goods
    • Food and beverages (non-alcoholic)
    • Essential and Hygiene products
    • Medicines and vitamins
    • Medical products (i.e. masks)
    • Pet food, feeds, fertilizers

50% to 100% only for manufacturers of medicines, medical supplies, equipment, the rest -

  • Hospitals and clinics (non-aesthetic)

(for public and private hospitals, dialysis centers, chemotherapy centers, and the like)

For others (dental, rehabilitation, optometry, etc.)–

With skeleton workforce

  • Essential retail (i.e. drug stores, groceries)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% operational capacity

Maximum operating hours until 11:00 pm

Maximum operating hours until 11:00 pm

  • Laundry shops (including self-service)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% operational capacity

  • Food preparation: take-out and delivery only

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% operational capacity

Starting 03 October 2020, allowed to operate up to 24 hours a day, as far as practicable (per DTI MC No. 20-52)

Starting 03 October 2020, allowed to operate up to 24 hours a day, as far as practicable (per DTI MC No. 20-52)

  • Water-Refilling Stations

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% operational capacity

  • Public and private hospitals

  • Health, emergency and frontline services such as dialysis centers, chemotherapy centers and the like

  • Other medical, dental, rehabilitation and optometry clinics, non-aesthetic dermatological clinics, EENT; Provided there is strict observance of infection prevention and control protocols, Provided further that dental procedures shall be limited to emergency cases only and that the wearing of PPE by dentists and attendants shall be mandatory. Home service therapy for PWD shall be allowed.
  • Skeleton workforce only

  • Logistics service providers (Cargo Handling, Warehousing, Trucking, Freight Forwarding, Shipping Line)

Maximum operating hours until 1:00 am

Maximum operating hours until 1:00 am

  • Delivery and courier services (whether in-house or outsourced transporting food, medicine, or other essential goods, including clothing, accessories, hardware, house wares, school and office supplies, as well as pet food and other veterinary products)

Maximum operating hours until 1:00 am

Maximum operating hours until 1:00 am

  • Water supply and sanitation services and facilities, including waste disposal services, as well as property management and building utility services.

Skeleton workforce only

  • Establishments engaged in repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment, including those engaged in the repair of computers and household fixtures and equipment.

Skeleton workforce only

  • Telecommunications companies (e.g., ISPs, cable providers, telco 3rd party contractors)

Skeleton workforce only

  • Energy and power companies (including 3rd party contractors) across transmission, distribution, maintenance, retail, exploration, operations, trading and delivery of raw materials

Skeleton workforce only

  • Gasoline stations

Skeleton workforce only

  • Workers accredited by the DOTr to work on utility relocation works, and specified limited works across thirteen (13) railway projects, including replacement works for the Metro Manila Rail Transit System Line 3

Skeleton workforce only

with on-site or near-site accommodations and/or point-to-point shuttle services whenever applicable



  • Airline and aircraft maintenance, pilots, crew, employees of aviation schools for purposes of pilot’s recurrent training for flight proficiency; ship captains and crew (including shipyard operations and repairs)

Skeleton workforce only

  • Public and private construction projects which are essential (i.e. quarantine and isolation facilities for PUMs, and suspect, and confirmed COVID-19 patients, facilities for the health sector including those dealing with PUMs and suspect, and confirmed COVID-19 patients, facilities for construction personnel who perform emergency works, flood control, and other disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation works, sewerage projects, water service facilities projects, and digital works, health facilities). Priority public and private construction projects, defined as those that refer to food production, agriculture, fishery, fishport development, energy, housing, communication, water utilities, manufacturing, and BPO subject to guidelines issued by the DPWH).

Only major public construction projects

Except small scale projects

  • BPO and Export-Oriented Companies: work from home, on-site or near site accommodation, or point-to-point shuttles

WFH, on-site or near site accommodation or point-to-point shuttle service

Without need to set up on-site or near site accommodation or point-to-point shuttle service

  • Printing presses authorized by the BIR or other governmental agencies to print accountable forms

Skeleton workforce only

  • Media establishment

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% operational capacity

(without need of PCOO accreditation)

  • Construction workers accredited by DPWH to work on facilities for healthcare and for risk reduction

Note: DPWH Department Order No. 35 provides the following guidelines:

Prior to deployment

  • Only 21 to 59 years old without pre-existing health conditions are allowed to work
  • Workers to be tested BEFORE starting (funded by contractors)
  • Workers housed in barracks for the project duration and segregated facilities should be provided with private shuttle (not public transport)
  • Quarantine passes should be provided for onsite employees

During deployment

  • More than 1 meter distancing, even in barracks
  • Daily disinfection
  • Minimal errands outside construction site
  • Mandated quarantine for all personnel returning from outside
  • Disposal and deliveries handled by separate team
  • PPEs for all employees
  • Safety Officer to ensure compliance

Skeleton workforce only

  • Manufacturing companies and suppliers of equipment or products necessary for construction works, such as cement and steel

Category II

ECQ

MECQ

GCQ

MGCQ

  • Other manufacturing
    • Beverages (i.e. alcoholic drinks)
    • Electrical Machinery
    • Wood products, furniture
    • Non-metallic products
    • Textiles/Wearing apparels
    • Tobacco products
    • Paper and Paper products
    • Rubber and Plastic products
    • Coke 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
    • Others

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

  • Mining and quarrying

Skeleton workforce only (work from home; on-site or near-site accommodation or point-to-point shuttle service)

(only export-oriented mining companies without need for provision of on-site or near-site accommodation)

  • Export-Oriented:

(100% operational capacity)

Domestic:

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Electronic commerce companies

  • Postal, courier, and delivery services for articles or products other than food, medicine, or other essential goods, including clothing, accessories, hardware, house wares, school and office supplies, as well as pet food and other veterinary products

Skeleton workforce only

Maximum operating hours allowed up to 1:00 am

Maximum operating hours allowed up to 1:00 am

  • Real estate activities

Skeleton workforce only (for leasing only)

(for leasing only)

Partially allowed up to 50% operational capacity (if for other real estate activities)

  • Housing service activities

Skeleton workforce only

  • Office administrative and office support (i.e. photocopying, billing)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

  • Hotels and accommodation establishments that are accommodating the following are allowed to operate:
    • Guests with long-term bookings;
    • Distressed OFWs and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals;
    • Repatriated OFWs in compliance with quarantine protocols;
    • Non-OFWs required to undergo mandatory quarantine;
    • Health care workers and other employees from exempted establishments;
    • Those with existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of 17 May 2020 (in Luzon) or 01 May
    • Markets of specialized programs of the Department of Tourism (per IATF Resolution No. 70)
    • May only operate upon issuance of a Certificate of Authority by the Department of Tourism. 2020 (for outside Luzon).

DTI is authorized to issue a negative list of industries that will remain prohibited in areas under MCGQ. Establishments included in the negative list may not operate during any form of community quarantine (per IATF Resolution No. 56)

With restriction that only basic lodging is allowed to be provided by skeleton workforce

May only operate upon issuance of a Certificate of Authority by the Department of Tourism.

With restriction that only basic lodging is allowed to be provided by skeleton workforce

May only operate upon issuance of a Certificate of Authority by the Department of Tourism.

With restriction that only basic lodging is allowed to be provided by skeleton workforce

Hotel operations shall be limited to provision of basic accommodation services; accommodation establishments may prepare:

(a) packed meals for distribution to guests; and

(b) food orders for take-out and delivery.

Restaurants and cafes ancillary to hotels allowed to operate at 30% venue capacity and maximum operating hours up to 11:00 PM (per DTI MC No. 20-44, IATF Resolution No. 49).

May only operate upon issuance of a Certificate of Authority by the Department of Tourism.

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% operational capacity.

Only those accredited as provided by law and relevant DOT and DILG issuances may operate, and only upon issuance of a Certificate of Authority to Operate by the DOT

  • Funeral and embalming services

Skeleton workforce only (except funeral parlors; provided there are shuttling service and/or housing accommodations)

  • Veterinary clinics

Skeleton workforce only

  • Security and investigation activities

Skeleton workforce only

Category III

  • Banks, money transfer services, microfinance institutions, or pawnshops, and credit cooperatives

Skeleton workforce only

  • Capital markets (i.e. SEC, BSP, PDTC)

Skeleton workforce only

  • Other financial services (i.e. money exchange, insurance)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

Note: Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020 states 50% operational capacity.

  • Legal and accounting

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Management consultancy activities

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Architecture and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Scientific and research development

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Advertising and Market Research

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Computer programming (such as writing, modifying, testing and supporting software, planning and designing computer systems), information service activities (such as data processing and hosting activities) and other related activities

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Publishing and printing services (such as printing of newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals, books, brochures, manuscripts, posters, maps, atlases, advertising catalogues, prospectuses, etc.; printing directly onto textiles, plastic, glass, metal wood, and ceramics)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Film, music, and TV production

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Rental and Leasing Activities, other than real estate, e.g., vehicle rental, equipment rental for permitted sectors)

  • Employment Activities that involve recruitment and placement for permitted sectors

  • Recruitment and placement agencies for overseas employment

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Other services such as photography services; fashion, industrial, graphic, and interior design)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles, including their parts and components

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles, (including vulcanizing shops, battery repair shops, auto repair shops, car wash)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

  • Dining/Restaurants

Alcoholic beverages may also be served provided a customer shall be allowed a maximum of two (2) individual servings of any alcoholic drink.

Families living in the same household may also dine together using one table provided they show proof that they stay in one address and their table is at least one meter apart from other tables in the restaurant.

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site (delivery and take-out only)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site (delivery and take-out only)

(Dine-in allowed more than 50% seating capacity, provided physical distancing is strictly observed and that the increase in operating capacity, menu offering, and maximum servings of alcoholic beverages shall be subject to the corresponding local government guidelines, effective 03 October 2020)


Starting 03 October 2020, allowed to operate up to 24 hours a day, as far as practicable (per DTI MC No. 20-52)


(Dine-in partially allowed up to a 75% seating capacity)

Starting 03 October 2020, allowed to operate up to 24 hours a day, as far as practicable, (per DTI MC No. 20-52

  • Malls and commercial centers (non-leisure only), subject to guidelines issued by DTI

Those below 15 years old and 65 years old and above and those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women including any person who resides with these individuals, may not enter malls and shopping centers except when indispensable for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in establishments located therein (per Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020).

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site


(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

Maximum operating hours up to 11:00 pm as applicable

Maximum operating hours allowed up to 11:00 pm

  • Non-leisure whole sale and retail establishments (mall-based or otherwise) such as:
  • Mall-based government frontline services
  • Skeleton workforce only

Skeleton workforce only

(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

Maximum operating hours allowed up to 11:00 pm

  • Hardware stores
  • Clothing and accessories
  • Bookstores and school and office supplies stores
  • Baby or infant care supplies stores
  • Pet shops, pet food and pet care supplies
  • IT, communications, and electronic equipment
  • Toy store (playgrounds and amusement area closed)
  • Music stores
  • Art galleries (selling only)
  • Firearms and ammunition trading establishment (subject to strict regulation of the PNP-Firearms and Explosives Office)

Partially allowed: Maximum capacity of 50% On-site


(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52


  • All other public and private construction projects, subject to strict compliance to the issued construction safety guidelines for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic by the DPWH


(100% operational capacity) (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)


  • Barbershops and salons
  • All other establishments offering personal care and aesthetic procedures and services
  • Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation service and related activities


Maximum of 75% operational capacity, subject to strict physical distancing (per DTI-MC No. 20-52)

All services allowed subject to strict social physical distancing




75% effective 01 November 2020 including full body massage (maximum of 30% capacity inside full body massage places, subject to minimum public health standards)







Maximum of 75% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (per DTI MC No. 20-57)


Maximum of 100% operational capacity (DTI MC No. 20-57)

All services allowed subject to strict social physical distancing







100% effective 01 November 2020 including full body massage (maximum of 50% capacity inside full body massage places, subject to minimum public health standards)



100% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (per DTI MC No. 20-57)

  • Gyms/fitness studios

  • Maximum of 75% operational capacity (per DTI MC No. 20-57)

(effective 01 August 2020, limited to individual work outs only. Group workout sessions composed of 2 or more persons (e.g. Zumba, yoga, pilates, etc.) shall be strictly prohibited

Restaurants and cafes are now allowed to operate at a maximum of 50% dine-in services with maximum operating hours of up to 11pm (DTI MC No. 20-44)

Note: The prohibition to operate in NCR and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, per DTI Advisory No. 20-01, has been lifted effected 01 September 2020.

Note: Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020 states that amusement, gaming and fitness establishments may not operate.

Maximum of 100% operational capacity (per DTI MC No. 20-57)

(outdoor and indoor sports facilities for non-contact sports and other forms of exercise)

Spectators in non-contact sports and exercises are prohibited (per IATF Resolution No. 56)

  • Sports facilities - limited to non-contact sports and other forms of exercise such as walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, range shooting, and skateboarding

  • Maximum of 75% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020; limited to individual workouts only. Group workout sessions composed of two (2) or more persons (e.g. Zumba, yoga, pilates, etc.) are still prohibited.

    Outdoor and indoor setting allowed



Maximum of 100% operational capacity

Outdoor and indoor setting allowed

  • Testing centers and tutorial centers


Maximum of 75% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Maximum of 30% capacity inside testing venue/room; subject to compliance with social distancing protocols.


Maximum of 100% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

  • Review centers


Maximum of 75% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Only for health-related professions (i.e., physicians)


Maximum of 100% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

  • Internet and Computer Shops (subject to strict health protocols and limited to school and learning purposes).


Maximum of 75% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Only for work or educational purposes, subject to physical distancing protocols


Maximum of 100% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Only for work or educational purposes, subject to physical distancing protocols

  • Drive-Cinemas

Maximum of 75% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Note: The prohibition to operate in NCR and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, per DTI Advisory No. 20-01, has been lifted effected 01 September 2020.


Maximum of 100% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

  • Pet grooming services


Maximum of 75% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Note: The prohibition to operate in NCR and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, per DTI Advisory No. 20-01, has been lifted effected 01 September 2020.


  • Maximum of 100% operational capacity effective 01 November 2020 (DTI MC No. 20-57)
  • Dermatological clinics offering aesthetic procedures (reclassified as Category III per DTI MC No. 20-44)

Maximum of 75% operational capacity (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Note: The prohibition to operate in NCR and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, per DTI Advisory No. 20-01, has been lifted effective 01 September 2020.

Maximum of 100% operational capacity (DTI MC No. 20-57)

Category IV

  • Language, driving, dance/acting/voice schools

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Entertainment industries (i.e. cinemas, theaters, bars)

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Libraries, archives, museums, cultural centers

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Tourist destinations (i.e. resorts)


Partially allowed

Note: Dive establishments and resorts in certain areas under GCQ or MCQ may accept guests travelling for recreational diving from areas under GCQ or lower (per IATF Resolution No. 78). The Department of Tourism shall determine the specific areas where interzonal movement may be made.

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation service and related activities

Skeleton workforce only primarily to do administrative works such as processing of refunds and payments to suppliers

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Other Personal care services (i.e. massage parlors, facial care, waxing, sauna) (reclassified as Category III per IATF Resolution No. 59)

Maximum of 30% operational capacity

Note: The prohibition to operate in NCR and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, per DTI Advisory No. 20-01, has been lifted effected 01 September 2020.

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Full-body massage

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Tattoo & Body piercing

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Live Events (subject to DOT Guidelines on Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions & Business Events (MICE Events)

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

  • Dermatological clinics offering aesthetic procedures (reclassified as Category III per DTI MC No. 20-44)

Maximum of 30% operational capacity

Note: The prohibition to operate in NCR and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, per DTI Advisory No. 20-01, has been lifted effected 01 September 2020.

Maximum of 50% operational capacity

OTHER SECTORS/ACTIVITIES

ECQ

MECQ

GCQ

MGCQ

Government

Philippine Postal Corporation: operational capacity necessary to maintain prompt delivery

Philippine Statistics Authority: operational capacity necessary for data gathering related to COVID-19

Others: Skeleton workforce as approved by agency head unless different operational capacity is required

Skeletal workforce on-site of up to 50% maximum operational capacity, unless higher operational capacity is required in agencies providing health and emergency frontline services, border control, other critical services; Others work from home

May be at full operational capacity or under alternative work arrangements (i.e. 40 hours, 4-day workweek). For offices requiring employees to report physically, commissioned shuttle services may be provided (per the Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020).

Full operational capacity or alternative work arrangements, as the agencies deem appropriate

Foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited by the DFA

Skeleton workforce only

Skeleton workforce only


50% operational capacity. Alternative work arrangements are strongly encouraged(per Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020)

Full operational capacity

Transportation

  • Public
    • Rail (PNR, LRT, MRT)
    • Bus
    • Jeepney
    • Taxi
    • TNVS
    • Tricycle
    • Public shuttle

(except for commissioned shuttles provided by the government)

(except for Public shuttles provided by the government for front-liners)

  • Private
    • Company shuttle (LTFRB permit)
    • Personal vehicle
    • Bicycle (1 person max)
    • Motorcycle (1 person max)
    • E-scooter (1 person max)

(except for commissioned shuttles provided by the permitted employers)

(for Personal vehicles- only for permitted sectors/activities, and 2 persons per row)

Entry of Foreigners with Visas in the Philippines

Per IATF Resolution No. 80, starting 01 November 2020, the following foreign nationals may be allowed entry into the Philippines:

  1. Those with visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration pursuant to EO No. 226 or the Omnibus Investments Code, as amended, and Republic Act No. 8756;
  2. Those with 47(a)(2) visas issued by the Department of Justice; and
  3. Those with visas issued by Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

Entry shall be subject to the following conditions:

  1. Must have a valid and existing visa at the time of entry;
  2. Must have a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility;
  3. Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry; and
  4. Without prejudice to applicable immigration laws, rules and regulations.

Interzonal and Intrazonal Movement of authorized persons outside their residence (APOR)

IATF Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-15-2020 provide that the following authorized persons are allowed outside their residence within and across areas placed under any form of community:

  1. health and emergency frontline services personnel;
  2. government officials and government frontline personnel;
  3. duly-authorized humanitarian assistance actors;
  4. persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons;
  5. persons going to the airport for travel abroad;
  6. anyone crossing zones for work or business permitted in the zone of destination and going back home.

The following shall also be considered as APOR:

  1. returning or repatriated OFWs and other Overseas Filipinos (OFs) returning to their places of residence;
  2. other persons transported through the efforts of national government, subject to necessary quarantine protocols and concurrence of receiving LGUs.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) shall be authorized to update the list of APORs. Authorized shuttle services are allowed to travel within and across areas under any form of community quarantine with priority to persons giving health and emergency frontline services.

For persons not authorized outside of residence, the interzonal and intrazonal movement between places under GCQ and MGCQ for any purpose shall be permitted subject to the reasonable regulations imposed by the LGU concerned, if any, and which should be submitted to the DILG or Boracay IATF (for Boracay Island) (per IATF Reso. No. 79). For interzonal movement of non-APOR between areas under MGCQ and New Normal for any purpose shall be permitted subject to reasonable regulations as may be imposed by the LGU concerned, if any, and which should be submitted to the DILG (per IATF Reso. No. 79).

Facility – based isolation is required for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases

IATF Resolution No. 74 states that asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases must be directed to facility-based isolation except in the following instances:

  1. If the local health officer confirms that the patient is considered vulnerable or having comorbidities (i.e. minors, senior citizens, people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, persons with disabilty who cannot carry-out self care, immunocompromised patients) and his/her home meets the conditions prescribed on Annex F of Joint Administrative Order 2020-0001 available here; or
  2. the Regional Task Force on COVID-19 confirms that the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and there are no sufficient isolation facilities within the LGU.

Operations of private and public cemeteries and the like

During GCQ, visits to open-air memorial parks and cemeteries shall be limited to not more than ten (10) persons per group. The number of groups allowed at any given time shall be left to the discretion of the management of such memorial parks and cemeteries taking to consideration minimum public health standards and social distancing (per Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 10-08-2020 citing IATF Reso. No. 49 dated 25 June 2020.

Note, however, that per IATF Resolution No. 72 provides that during the Undas season, effective from 17 September to 15 November 2020, all private and public cemeteries and memorial parks, including columbariums and the like must observe the following rules:

  1. Only a maximum of 30% of venue capacity is allowed, provided protocols on face masks, face shields, and social distancing are observed;
  2. Such places shall be closed to visitors from 29 October to 04 November 2020;
  3. Age restrictions shall not apply to visitors in such places.

Authority of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to re-classify industries

IATF Resolution No. 56 grants authority to the DTI to recategorize Category IV industries under Category III, as it may deem necessary. For Category III industries, its resumption or gradual increase in operating capacity shall be subject to their proprietors’ compliance with proper health protocols set by the DTI, which shall be assessed through a post-audit mechanism led by the DTI, DOH, LGU Health offices or deputized organizations.

Contact tracing in Business Establishments

Based on DTI MC No. 20-44, business establishments must have any IATF-endorsed contact tracing application such as SafePass or StaySafePh or administer contact tracing forms to customers, visitors, and suppliers entering their premises and health declaration forms to employees.

Authority to Lift ECQ and GCQ

Only the following have the authority to impose, lift, or extend the community quarantine:

  • For highly-urbanized cities and independent component cities – the IATF;
  • For component cities and municipalities – the Provincial Governors with the concurrence of relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF; and
  • For cities and municipalities – the Local Chief Executives with the concurrence of relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF.

This amends paragraph (B) of IATF Resolution No. 29. Now, LGUs cannot declare its own community quarantine without the concurrence of the IATF. The IATF, on the other hand, may directly impose, extend, or lift the Community Quarantine in all areas, should the circumstances call for it.

In the revised Omnibus Guidelines issued on 25 June 2020, the IATF stated that LGUs may enact necessary ordinances to enforce curfew for non-workers in jurisdictions under MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ. Public transportation shall not be restricted by such curfew ordinances.

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