The National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Laguna and Bataan will be placed under the less restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Malacañang announced Thursday.
This, after President Rodrigo Duterte, upon the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EUD), approved the latest quarantine status in NCR, Laguna, and Bataan, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
“These latest classifications are without prejudice to the strict implementation of granular lockdowns,” said Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, in a press statement.
Roque said the NCR will be placed under MECQ from Aug. 21 to 31.
Bataan, on the other hand, will be under MECQ from Aug. 23 to 31, he added.
Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan were initially placed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the strictest form of community quarantine, due to the spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.
Roque stressed that despite the deescalation of quarantine level, religious gatherings should remain “virtual” in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan.
He added that indoor and al-fresco dine-in services, as well as personal care services such as beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops and nail spas should remain prohibited.
Roque said local government units in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan are likewise directed to improve the vaccination rates within their localities, as well as intensify the “Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) strategies to control the spread of Covid-19.
He said minimum public health standards must also be observed in the three areas.
“These protocols shall be observed in the aforesaid areas under the inclusive dates they are under MECQ,” Roque said