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Quezon City has issued guidelines for residents and non-residents as Metro Manila returns to modified enhanced community (MECQ) quarantine.

In a memorandum dated Aug. 3,  Mayor Joy Belmonte said quarantine passes will once again take effect while the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, as well as community assemblies and non-essential work gatherings, shall be prohibited.

A 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew hour will also be implemented, although essential activities such as food take-out and delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, convenience stores, and market operations may operate on a 24-hour basis.

The operations of dine-in services, entertainment, sports, and personal care establishments will also not be allowed.

For people traveling into the city, the memo states that they must be able to show proof of a legitimate non-leisure reason for being in the city, such as a company ID of a permitted establishment or ID showing a residence address in the city, before being allowed entry.

Meanwhile, the businesses allowed to operate at full capacity are:

  • Food, water, and non-alcoholic beverage manufacture, distribution, or preparation (take-out and delivery only)
  • Medical and hygiene product manufacture or distribution
  • Hospitals and clinics (providing non-aesthetic services such as dermatological, dental, optometric, and EENT)
  • Essential retailers such as supermarkets, grocery stores, markets, water refilling stations, drugstores
  • Agricultural and veterinary products including pet food, feed, and fertilizers
  • Laundry shops including self-service laundry
  • Logistics and delivery services
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance, building repair, and security services
  • Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
  • Construction of healthcare or risk reduction facilities
  • Construction materials manufacturing and supply
  • Media
  • E-commerce companies, business process outsourcing (BPOs), and export-oriented businesses with work-from-home, on-site or near-site accommodations, or point-to-point shuttling arrangements
  • Banks, money transfer services, microfinance institutions, credit cooperatives, and their armored vehicle services and other related services
  • Housing service activities
  • Rental and leasing of vehicles or equipment for permitted businesses
  • Employment services, including recruitment and placement, for permitted businesses

The businesses allowed to operate at up to 50 percent capacity are:

  • General manufacturing and production
  • Real estate, with respect to leasing only
  • Construction of essential or priority facilities
  • Office administrative, and support services
  • Hotels, motels, and similar establishments, but only for special purpose accommodations for healthcare workers, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), workers in permitted sectors, and non-OFWs with mandated quarantine, or guests who have existing long-term bookings
  • Funeral services and crematoriums
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Financial services (other than those listed under full operations)
  • Professional, consulting, and technical services
  • Wholesale and retail trade or repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles
  • Malls and shopping centers, only for non-leisure establishments within such malls/shopping centers.
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