In Summary: Week 1 of GCQ in Metro Manila

If you're still cooped up at home, you're probably wondering how the outside world looks like now that Metro Manila has shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ).

Unlike the previous forms of quarantine, restrictions are eased under GCQ. The last two months put the nation on pause, but on June 1, businesses were allowed to reopen and some industries were permitted to resume partial operations in order to restart the economy. After almost two months of empty roads and terminals, public utility vehicles and transport systems were given the go signal to run again.

GCQ sees several steps to a slow and gradual transition to the new norm amid COVID-19, but the first shows it hasn't been easy. Traffic and transportation remain to be a struggle with social distancing and workers have been pushed to exhaust all means just to get to where they need to be.

With trains ferrying fewer passengers and buses still caught in traffic, some have turned to biking or worse—walking kilometers just to get to work and back home.

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Here's how the first week of GCQ went:

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