After the Philippines’ health professionals warned the nation was losing its battle against the coronavirus pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte decided to revert Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 4 to 18.
The return of Metro Manila and several neighboring provinces to the second strictest lockdown level will suspend public transport, shutter non-essential stores and bring back the policy for quarantine passes, Malacañang said Monday.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also said that under MECQ, all public transport will be banned and companies permitted to continue their operations should provide shuttle services to their workers.
Company shuttles are allowed to operate with passenger capacity of 50%, and a special permit from LTFRB for rented shuttles. Personal vehicles owned by persons/workers in permitted sectors are also allowed with two persons per row.