Friday, May 15, 2020

Confused over ECQ, MECQ or GCQ? You're not alone!


All provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities will be under GCQ (General Community Quarantine) from May 16 to May 31, 2020, EXCEPT for Metro Manila, Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, and Angeles City which will be under MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine).  Cebu City and Mandaue City in Cebu are still under ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine).

One important thing to note is that we are still on Community Quarantine (CQ), be it ECQ, MECQ or GCQ.  So, that means, we still need to #StayHome, and follow all safety protocols. 

But what is the difference between an ECQ, and MECQ? What are the activities and industries allowed under MECQ and GCQ?  Here are the protocols to be observed for areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified ECQ (MECQ), and general community quarantine (GCQ).


///original photo above by Gema Saputera on Unsplash///

Phased Transition from ECQ to MECQ to GCQ....


Some outdoor activities and gatherings of 5 people max are allowed under MECQ, but people still need to wear masks, and practice physical distancing.  But, like in ECQ, only 1 person per household is allowed to go out.



Under MECQ, still no public transpo, and flights allowed (except for controlled inbound travel for OFW's and returning Flipinos). Schools are still closed, and government offices are still on skeletal workforce onsite.

Below are more detailed guidelines....









Guidelines below for public transportation under all quarantine zones...Mass transportation services remain barred in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ, and will operate at limited capacity in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas.






What industries are allowed under ECQ, MECQ and GCQ?
Industries under Category 1 are allowed to operate under ECQ, MECQ, and GCQ.

Industries under Category 2 that are allowed to operate based on imposed quarantine classification.

Industries under Category 3, usually engaged in rental and leasing and employment activities, are allowed in all quarantine categories.

Industries under Category 4 remain closed regardless of the quarantine classification being implemented in an area.


Please note that the government can still revise these guidelines.

//posters from PCOO//


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