Despite the downgrade to general community quarantine, Metro Manila Council (MMC) chief and Parañaque city mayor Edwin Olivarez said that the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew stays in place as part of this GCQ’s “heightened restrictions.”
Recreational and entertainment venues such as bars, movie houses and amusement parks among others are to remain closed under these retained measures. Indoor meetings or conferences and gambling events like horse racing or cockfighting are also banned for the meantime.
As interzonal travel is prohibited under this GCQ, the Philippine National Police will establish checkpoints in NCR Plus areas, said chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
Interior secretary Eduardo Año added that mass gatherings are still strongly discouraged, at least until such time that the country’s ordered vaccines arrive and the number of inoculated persons increase.
Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force to resume face-to-face assessment for household workers even in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine.
The Civil Service Commission was also allowed to go through with the written Career Executive Service exams and assessment centers.
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office as well as other authorized agents were also allowed to continue selling lotto, keno, Scratch-It and Small-Town Lottery (STL) tickets even in MECQ areas.