Joggers and Bikers, You Can Get Out of the House Again

As long as you stay within your barangay.

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( Outdoor exercise was banned during the two-week enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila from August 6 to 20, much to the dismay of joggers and bikers who just want to stay healthy amid the raging pandemic. But as the National Capital Region shifts to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 21 to 31, the ban on outdoor walks, jogging, running, and biking is also lifted. This was confirmed in the Omnibus Guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on August 19 and circulated on August 20, Friday.

Also read: No Need for Quarantine Passes in Metro Manila for MECQ

"Individual outdoor exercises such as outdoor walks, jogging, running or biking, are allowed within the general area of their residence, e.g. within the barangay, purok, subdivision, and/or village. Provided, that the minimum public health standards and precautions such as the wearing of face masks, and the maintenance of social distancing protocols are observed," according to page 12 of the document. This applies to all areas under MECQ.


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Laguna and Bataan are also shifting to MECQ from August 21 to August 31, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday night. It was announced by Malacañang on August 13 that the following places are under MECQ until the end of August:

  • Apayao
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Lucena City
  • Rizal
  • Aklan
  • Iloilo Province
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Cebu City

Those below 18 years old and over 65 years old are stll not allowed to go out, except for work or for essential errands.

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