5-Step Guide for Employers Operating During Community Quarantine

Existing community quarantine classifications are: Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), General Community Quarantine (GCQ), and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). The reclassification of many areas to MECQ and GCQ means more establishments are allowed to operate. Here is a quick guide for employers to determine if the company is allowed to operate and, in the affirmative, the requirements for such operation.

1.

QUARANTINE CLASSIFICATION

The regulatory framework or applicable rules depend on the location of the company’s actual operation. To check the community quarantine classifications, as of 15 May 2020, CLICK HERE.

2.

NATURE OF BUSINESS/INDUSTRY

The nature of business conducted by the company determines: (a) Whether or not the company is allowed to operate; and (b) At what operating capacity the company is allowed to operate. Click on the appropriate link to check if the company is allowed to operate and the extent of operation allowed:

ECQMECQGCQMGCQ

3.

WORKPLACE HEALTH STANDARDS

If the company is allowed to operate, the company must comply with the minimum health standards in the workplace (e.g., companies are required to provide face masks, conduct contactless temperature check, etc.). For a summary of these work-related health guidelines, CLICK HERE.

[For businesses or establishments which cannot or would not operate in the meantime, CLICK HERE for the options.]

4. 

TRAVEL TO/FROM HOME AND OFFICE

The residence of company personnel may be in an area with a different quarantine classification. There are specific rules for interzonal travel (travel across areas with different community quarantine classifications). To check the travel rules, CLICK HERE.

5. 

TRANSPORTATION

Most employees depend on public transportation to travel from their residences to the place of work. Unless there are telecommuting arrangements (e.g., work-from-home) or shuttle service provided, the availability of public transportation is crucial. To check if public transportation is allowed in the area, CLICK HERE.

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