Dentists, Laundry + More: These Are the Shops That Can Open During Quarantine

The official list of shops that can open has been released.

( Been itching for a haircut? Well, looks like Metro Manila folks will have to wait a bit longer for a professional service. The official list of sectors that can open up business under an enhanced community quarantine, a general community quarantine, or both, was released by Harry Roque, spokesperson to the president, in a virtual press briefing on April 28—and it looks like "personal care industries" (i.e. barbershops and salons) can only open up once their area is placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Several businesses are allowed to open during the GCQ but not under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Aside from shops offering personal care services, check out what else we have to look forward to once the Metro is put under a GCQ:

  • Non-leisure stores in malls and commercial centers (such as hardware stores, clothing, and accessories)
  • Wholesale, retail trade, and repair of vehicles
  • Construction
  • Forestry and logging
  • Publishing activities
  • Movies, video, and TV program production, sound recording, and music publishing
  • Advertising and market research
  • Real estate activities except buying and selling
  • Office administrative, support, and other business activities
  • Legal and accounting
  • Insurance, reinsurance, and pension funding
  • Architecture and engineering activities
  • Scientific research and development
  • Social work activities (without accomodation)
  • Frontline government offices
  • Specific manufacturing activities such as beverages, cement and steel, electricals, tobacco, and more

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Agriculture and frontline manufacturing industries—such as those making protective equipment—can continue to operate in areas under ECQ or GCQ. Plus, it looks like dental clinics and laundry shops are likewise allowed to open whether during enhanced or general community quarantine, in case your next visit was long overdue. Just be sure to adhere to the strict health protocol!


Roque had earlier stated that the possibility of opening up salons and barbershops was being looked into—except that these services will be quite a challenge under physical distancing measures. 

The enhanced community quarantine over Metro Manila was extended to May 15 after the area was deemed high-risk. We may be placed under a modified community quarantine afterwards, depending on the evalution of government authorities. Looks like you'll have to hold on to your clippers and scissors—or let lose entirely—for a little longer. Stay safe and sane, guys!

Main image from John Karlo Mendoza / Unsplash

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