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NCR under ECQ from Aug 6 to 20

  • The National Capital Region will be placed under the strictest lockdown, the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), from August 6 to 20 due to local transmission of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19
  • Prior to August 6, or from July 30 to August 5, NCR is under general community quarantine “subject to heightened and additional restrictions” 
  • Gingoog City, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, and Cagayan de Oro City will remain under ECQ starting August 1 until 7
  • Cebu City and Cebu Province were added to areas under modified ECQ starting August 1 to 15, 2021, subject to further appeals by their local government units
  • Each week of ECQ in NCR will cost the economy P105 billion, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua

The National Capital Region (NCR) will be under the strictest lockdown—enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)—from August 6 to 20 amid local transmission of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

Prior to August 6, or from July 30 to August 5, NCR is under general community quarantine “subject to heightened and additional restrictions”. Under this classification, indoor dining and al fresco dining are prohibited, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. Only take-out and delivery of food are allowed. Personal care services and businesses, such as beauty parlors, salons, barbershops, and nail spas can operate up to 30% venue capacity. Indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attractions are not allowed to operate but outdoor tourist attractions can still operate at 30% capacity.

The heightened quarantine status of ECQ from August 6 to 20 follows appeal of the Metro Manila Council, which comprises Metro Manila mayors, to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to impose stricter measures in the metropolis following discovery of local transmission of the Delta variant.

Each week of ECQ in NCR will cost the economy P105 billion, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua.

Gingoog City, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, and Cagayan de Oro City will remain under ECQ from August 1 until August 7.

Cebu City and Cebu Province have been added to areas under modified ECQ starting August 1 to 15, 2021, subject to further appeals by their local government units.

IlocosNorte and Bataan in Luzon and Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City in the Visayas are under MECQ from August 1 to 15.

Under GCQ with heightened restrictions from August 1 to August 15 are:

  • Ilocos Sur
  • Cagayan
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Lucena City
  • Naga City
  • Antique
  • Aklan
  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Davao City
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Butuan City

The following areas are under GCQ for the whole month of August:

  • Baguio City
  • Apayao
  • Santiago City
  • Quirino
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Batangas
  • Quezon
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • ZamboangaSibugay
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • North Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Cotabato City

All other areas are placed under modified GCQ (MGCQ) for the whole month of August.

In areas under ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ, logistics service providers are allowed to operate at 100% capacity, while cargo/delivery vehicles should still be allowed unhampered movement.

Within and across areas placed under any form of community quarantine, movement of all types of cargoes via land, air, and sea should remain unhampered. Likewise, workers in the logistics sector, such as those in cargo, trucking, courier delivery and port operations, should be allowed to transit within and across these areas, according to the omnibus guidelines set by the IATF.

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