The Philippine government has introduced a new form of quarantine to save economies of urban hubs with high numbers of coronavirus cases.
This is the "modified enhanced community quarantine" that will be enforced only in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City from May 16 to 31. (To know what form of quarantine your province or city is under, check here.)
This term was introduced by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in a press briefing on Tuesday, May 12.
He also introduced the term "modified general community quarantine" which will be observed in "low-risk" provinces and cities. Despite the label, it doesn't entail any strict stay-at-home measures. But it does require the continuance of health guidelines like mask-wearing, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing.
Here's what we know so far about these terms.
Who can go out?
What kind of industries can operate?
The full list is below, in the May 13 presentation of Roque:
How about transportation?
How about school?
Zoning scheme under modified ECQ
The government also introduced a zoning scheme that will be implemented by local government chiefs in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City.
In this scheme, barangays with coronavirus cases will still be under the original ECQ. Those with 20 or more cases are considered "critical zones" and will be under ECQ or hard lockdowns.
Those with less cases are considered "containment zones" and will be under modified ECQ.
Barangays or clusters of barangays adjacent to any area with COVID-19 cases are "buffer zones" where GCQ will be enforced. Barangays outside a buffer zone will be on modified GCQ.
The task force left it up to provincial governors and mayors to decide on the zoning classification of their barangays. – Rappler.com
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