ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, MGCQ: Who can go where?

As community quarantine measures in different parts of the country shift in name and strictness every so often, people are asking whether they can travel to and from areas under different levels of quarantine.

Guidelines for movement within and among areas in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), general community quarantine (GCQ), and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) have been laid out by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). (READ: EXPLAINER: What's modified ECQ and modified GCQ?)

ECQ
  • Movement will be limited to accessing essential goods and services and for work in offices or industries permitted to operate. 
  • Any person below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women are required to remain in their homes at all times, except when going out is indispensable for obtaining essential goods or for work in industries permitted. The same applies to the people who live with them. 
  • Transit by permitted persons to and from establishments with full operational capacity, at 50% operational capacity, or with a skeleton workforce anywhere within the area covered by ECQ is allowed.
  • Public transportation shall be suspended. This does not include commissioned shuttle services for employees of permitted establishments, as well as point-to-point transport services provided by the government. 
  • The movement of cargo vehicles will be unhampered. These, as well as vehicles used by public utility companies, BPOs, and export-oriented establishments, will not be subject to an ID system. 
MECQ
  • Movement will be limited to accessing essential goods and services and for work in offices or industries permitted to operate. 
  • Any person below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women are required to remain in their homes at all times, except when going out is indispensable for obtaining essential goods or for work in industries permitted. The same applies to the people who live with them. 
  • Public transportation shall be suspended. This does not include commissioned shuttle services for employees of permitted establishments, as well as point-to-point transport services provided by the government. 
  • Public transportation, like company shuttles and personal vehicles used by people authorized to leave their homes, are subject to the guidelines of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The use of bikes and non-motorized transportation is strongly encouraged.
  • Individual outdoor exercise is allowed, provided that individuals wear masks and practice social distancing. 
GCQ
  • Movement will be limited to accessing essential goods and services and for work in offices or industries permitted to operate. 
  • Any person below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women are required to remain in their homes at all times, except when going out is indispensable for obtaining essential goods or for work in industries permitted. The same applies to the people who live with them.  
  • Road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall operate at a reduced operational and vehicle capacity, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the DOTr, provided there is a one-meter distance between passengers. 
MGCQ
  • All persons shall be allowed to go outside their residences. 
  • Indoor and outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise are allowed. 
  • Road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall be allowed to operate, in accordance with guidelines from the DOTr, provided there is a one-meter distance between passengers. 
  • Private transportation is allowed, subject to guidelines of the DOTr. 

On Friday, July 30, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that Metro Manila would be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened and additional restrictions from July 30 to August 5, then under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20.

As of Friday, the country’s total COVID-19 caseload is at 1,580,824. The Philippines has 216 known cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant, but there are concerns that the actual number may be far higher, as the Philippine Genome Center is only sequencing a small percentage of the positive cases. 

As of July 25, 17,202,421 vaccines have been administered in the Philippines, with 11,113,107 having received their first dose and 6,089,314 having received their second dose. – Rappler.com

JC Gotinga

JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.

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