No Need for Quarantine Passes in Metro Manila for MECQ

Just one main difference of this version of the quarantine.

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( There is no need for quarantine passes in Metro Manila under the upcoming season of the quarantine, said Metro Manila Council chairperson Edwin Olivarez. The National Capital Region will be under a modified ECQ from August 21 to 30, a slight easing of restrictions following a half-month long ECQ.

"Ang pagkakaiba din po ngayon, hindi na namin i-implement 'yong atin pong quarantine pass," the Metro Manila Council (MMC) chairperson and Parañaque City mayor told Telerdayo on August 20. Quarantine passes were required for non-APORs who needed to go outside during the return to ECQ from August 6.

Meanwhile, the curfew will remain from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. throughout the National Capital Region (NCR). According to Olivarez, the city mayors have decided that they will always keep a uniform curfew across Metro Manila. "Laging unified," he said. "Maintain pa po ang curfew natin."

As for liquor bans, Olivarez explained that the council has not talked about whether they will be doing a uniform ruling. Rules on that will depend on your local government. 


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The MECQ announcement has people confused thanks to its very similar rules to the previous season. When asked about the difference Olivarez said, "Ito ay parang 'heightened' na MECQ." Similar to the way we were under a heightened GCQ at the start of August, which is essentially a notch stricter than just a general GCQ. 

Olivarez added that the city mayors have also been given the green light to enforce "strict granular lockdowns" in their areas. As opposed to larger lockdowns, the clustering can be done in concentrated areas such as a road or building.

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