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  • IN PHOTOS: How Dine-In, Haircut, Manicure, and More Look Like In MECQ

    More businesses are allowed to operate compared to last year's community quarantine.
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IN PHOTOS: How Dine-In, Haircut, Manicure, and More Look Like In MECQ
PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
  • The modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will continue for another two weeks in the NCR Plus bubble or in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal areas. It will last until May 14, 2021, according to President Rodrigo Duterte.

    Establishments open during ‘flexible’ MECQ

    Compared to last year’s stringent MECQ, more businesses are now allowed to operate in 2021 — including restaurants and personal care services — at a limited capacity. This is a bid to keep the economy afloat and provide Filipinos with jobs despite the continued lockdown.

    Take a look at the activities you are now allowed to do during the 2-week MECQ extension.

    Get a haircut

    A barber wearing a face mask and face shield to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus cuts the hair of a woman at Bruno’s Barbershop in Binondo, Manila on Saturday, May 01, 2021.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
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    Barbershop, beauty salons, and nail salons are now allowed to operate at 30% capacity in "NCR Plus" and other areas under MECQ. Yes, that means you can get a mani-pedi again!

    Disinfection is a must for all establishments.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    Dine-in

    People dine inside a carinderia in Ermita, Manila on Monday, May 03, 2021.
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    Indoor dining in restaurants and carinderia are now allowed at 10% capacity in "NCR Plus" and other areas under MECQ. 

    Eat out

    People are seen in garden-inspired dining areas adorned with native crafts, wood benches and tables in Uptown Mall in Uptown, Uptown Bonifacio in Taguig City on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
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    Since MECQ was declared in April 12, 2021, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) allowed outdoor dining in malls, apart from takeout and delivery. Last year's MECQ did not allow this provision.

    According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, establishments that are allowed to open are those that are unlikely to cause super-spreader events.

    "Consistent with science, the businesses and establishments to be allowed to open should not be super-spreaders," said Roque in a press conference.

    Confused about the MECQ guidelines? Click here for our guide.

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