Civil, Property, Family Laws

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

Further Updated as of 07 July 2020

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

On 30 June, the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the latest risk-level classifications, effective 01 to 15 July 2020, based on IATF Resolution No. 50-A, and those areas not specifically mentioned are placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ):

Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)

General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)

Cebu City

Luzon

  1. All Highly Urbanized Cities of NCR and the Municipality of Pateros;
  2. Benguet;
  3. Cavite;
  4. Rizal.

Visayas

  1. Lapu-Lapu City;
  2. Mandaue City;
  3. Leyte;
  4. Ormoc;
  5. Southern Leyte;
  6. Talisay City in Cebu province;
  7. Minglanilla in Cebu province;
  8. Consolacion in Cebu province.

Luzon

  1. Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – Abra*, Baguio*, Ifugao*, 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 – Nueva Ecija*, Pampanga*, Angeles City*, Aurora, Bataan*, Bulacan**, Tarlac, Zambales, Olongapo City;
  5. Region IV – A – Laguna*, Batangas*, 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*, Iloilo City*, Bacolod City*.
  2. Region VII – Bohol*, Negros Oriental*, Siquijor;
  3. Region VIII – Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar*, Tacloban City*.

Mindanao

  1. Region IX – Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur*, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City*;
  2. Region X – Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Iligan City, 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*, Saranggani, Sultan Kudarat, General Santos 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, Lanao del Sur*, Maguindanao*, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato City.

Note: The rest of the Philippines are likewise placed under low-risk MGCQ.

* - NTF and DILG to ensure localized actions are implemented in critical areas

** - LGU to implement stricter measures in identified hotspots and transportation hubs.

  1. Minimum public health standards shall be complied with.
  2. Strict home quarantine shall be observed except for accessing essential goods and services, and for work in permitted offices or establishments.
  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 21 years of age;
    2. Those 60 years old and above;
    3. Those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, other health risks, pregnant women
    4. Those who reside with the aforementioned.
  4. Only gatherings essential for the provision of government services or authorized humanitarian activities shall be allowed.
  5. Face to face or in-person classes shall be suspended.
  6. Non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos is now allowed, subject to the following conditions (per IATF Reso. No. 52):
    1. Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets for those travelling on tourist visas;
    2. Adequate travel and health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses if stranded, and hospitalization in case of infection, in such amount as may be determined by the Department of Tourism;
    3. Allowed entry by the destination country in accordance with their travel, health and quarantine restrictions;
    4. Execution of a Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling including risk of delay in their return trip, to be provided for in the check-in counters by the airlines; and
    5. Upon return, shall follow the Guidelines of Returning Overseas Filipinos of the National Task Force (NTF).
  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 21 years of age;
    2. Those 60 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.
  5. Religious gatherings shall be allowed up to ten percent (10%) of the seating capacity, or up to ten (10) persons, whichever is higher, after 10 July 2020; 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).
  6. Mass gatherings shall be prohibited except for provision of critical government services and authorized humanitarian activities.
  7. Public transport will be allowed with strict safe distancing.
  8. Inter-island travel from one area under GCQ to another area under GCQ are allowed, provided that safety protocols are observed (also see item 12 below).
  9. School may have skeletal workforce to process requirements from students and to prepare for graduation and the next semester.
  10. Opening for classes for basic education is targeted at 24 August 2020 and shall end on 30 April 2021.
  11. Higher education institutions are encouraged to change their academic calendar and open in August 2020.
  12. Non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos is now allowed, subject to the same conditions in the first column (per IATF Reso. No. 52).
  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 21 years of age;
    2. Those 60 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.
  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.
  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. Indoor and outdoor non-contact sports shall be allowed provided no sharing of equipment.
  10. Non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos is now allowed, subject to the same conditions in the first column (per IATF Reso. No. 52).

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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