Extension of Enhanced Community Quarantine (1-15 May 2020): Coverage and Guidelines

The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) has been extended until 15 May 2020 (see update under Executive Order No. 112 issued on 30 April 2020). The ECQ was previously scheduled to last only until 30 April 2020. Based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), there will be a further evaluation if the ECQ can be relaxed starting 16 May 2020. [Update: Quarantine classifications from 1 to 15 June 2020

The IATF  recommended the continuation of the current ECQ over high-risk areas until 15 May 2020. For moderate and low risk areas, a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be imposed starting May 1. Per the PCOO on 24 April 2020, the President approved the IATF recommendation to place the following areas under ECQ or GCQ, as the case may be:

REGIONECQ (until May 15)GCQ (starting May 1)
CAR1. Benguet1. Abra
2. Apayao
3. Ifugao
4. Kalinga
5. Mountain Province
Region I1. Pangasinan1. Ilocos Norte
2. Ilocos Sur
3. La Union
Region II1. Batanes
2. Cagayan
3. Isabela
4. Nueva Vizcaya
5. Quirino
Region III1. Bataan
2. Bulacan
3. Nueva Ecija
4. Tarlac
5. Zambales
6. Pampanga
1. Aurora
Region IV-A1. Batangas
2. Cavite
3. Laguna
4. Rizal
5. Quezon
Region IV-B1. Oriental Mindoro
2. Occidental Mindoro
1. Marinduque
2. Palawan
3. Romblon
Region V1. Albay
2. Catanduanes
1. Camarines Norte
2. Camarines Sur
3. Masbate
4. Sorsogon
Region VI1. Antique*
2. Aklan*
3. Capiz*
4. Iloilo*
1. Guimaras
2. Negros Occidental
Region VII1. Cebu*
2. Cebu City*
1. Bohol
2. Negros Oriental
3. Siquijor
Region VIII1. Biliran
2. Eastern Samar
3. Leyte
4. Northern Samar
5. Samar
6. Southern Leyte
7. Western Samar
Region IX1. Zamboanga del Norte
2. Zamboanga del Sur
3. Zamboanga Sibugay
Region X1. Bukidnon
2. Camiguin
3. Lanao del Norte
4. Misamis Occidental
5. Misamis Oriental
Region XI1. Davao del Norte
2. Davao City
3. Davao De Oro*
1. Davao del Sur
2. Davao Occidental
3. Davao Oriental
Region XII1. Sarangani
2. North Cotabato
3. South Cotabato
4. Sultan Kudarat
Region XIII1. Agusan del Norte
2. Agusan del Sur
3. Dinagat Island
4. Surigao del Norte
5. Surigao del Sur
BARMM1. Basilan
2. Lanao del Sur
3. Maguindao
4. Sulu

[Note: * subject to rechecking]

It appears that the IATF recommendation, as approved by the President, supersedes the issuances/guidelines issued by Local Government Units (LGUs). We hope the IATF releases the full text of its resolutions. The official covid-19 website, to date, is stuck at IATF Resolution No. 18. The full text will help to lessen misinterpretation and confusion.

Malls will be allowed to open in GCQ areas, but only for the following non-leisure shops:

  • Supermarkets
  • Drugstores
  • Banks
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurants for takeout or delivery only
  • Hardware

In addition to the limitation on shops allowed to open, the following guidelines must also be followed for entrance in malls:

  • Age 21 to 59, with ID and not looking sickly
  • Mandatory temperature check
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks
  • Mandatory alcohol use
  • Limited number of people inside the mall

A minimum health standard shall be implemented by April 27. The following agencies are tasked to prepare the guidelines by April 25: Department of Health (DOH), Department of Transportation (DoTr), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 

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