As we reinstate the Enhanced Community Quarantine over NCR+, the Department of Health reiterates that, as much as possible, we all must STAY AT HOME and minimize physical interactions with those from outside our households.
Which areas are covered and until when will the ECQ be in effect?
ECQ will be from March 29 (12 am) to April 4, 2021, and will cover:
What are valid reasons to leave your home?
To go to work
To buy or avail essential goods and services (e.g. grocery, healthcare)
To seek medical care/consult, e.g. COVID-19 test or vaccine
To provide care, or avail of essential goods/services on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person (elderly, child) or someone self-isolating
To exercise in a public outdoor space
To escape risk or harm, e.g. domestic abuse
To visit someone who is dying in hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment
Will government employees still report to work during ECQ?
Agencies and instrumentalities of the government, including GOCCs, as well as LGUs, shall (1) be fully operational with a (2) have a skeleton workforce on-site and (3) the remainder under alternative work arrangements.
Agencies providing health and emergency frontline services, laboratory and testing services, border control, or other critical services may require more people on-site.
Who should stay at home during ECQ?
Everyone as much as possible, but especially people who are most vulnerable to diseases are advised to stay at home:
Those with comorbidities (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc)
Will public transport continue during ECQ?
Yes, public transport will continue to be made available.
What type of gatherings are prohibited?
Any public gatherings outdoors are prohibited.
What indoor gatherings are prohibited?
Indoor gatherings with any persons outside of the immediate household shall be prohibited.