General community quarantine (GCQ) in Makati City: Go out only for essential purposes

MANILA – The Makati City government on Saturday reminded anew its residents of the minimum health standards and precautions to be observed under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Under the city’s Executive Order No. 22, only limited movement of residents to accessing essential goods, services, and going to workplaces will be allowed.

In an advisory, the city government mandated all residents to wear face masks and other protective equipment while GCQ is still in effect.

Residents are advised to stay home, particularly those who are at high risk of infection including persons below 21 years old, senior citizens, pregnant women, and those immunocompromised individuals or those with weak immune systems and comorbidities.

The curfew hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be strictly imposed.

“Minors are not allowed to go outside the house unless there is a medical emergency,” the advisory read.

Those who are working in businesses with works scheduled within curfew hours, health workers, authorized government officials, with medical emergencies, transiting to the airports with travel abroad, providing basic services and public utilities, delivering food and medicines, as well as essential skeleton workforce of the city government, are exempted from the curfew hours.

“Business establishments should state in the Notice of re-opening that the intent to operate exclusively through delivery services during the curfew hours,” the advisory added.

During the GCQ, the city government allows individual outdoor exercise and non-contact sports as well as the wakes, interment, and burials of persons who passed away, but not due to Covid-19.

“Visitors are allowed to attend the wake and in a group of not more than 10 at a time. The wake is only for a non-extendible period of three days. Visitors who are below 21 years old and above 60 [years old] are not allowed to attend the wake,” the advisory said.

“For individuals who died due to Covid-19, the city shall follow the guidelines of the Department of Health for individual’s immediate burial or cremation,” it said.

Meanwhile, mass gatherings and face-to-face classes at all levels remain prohibited.

All city-run facilities, entertainment industries, kids’ amusement industries, personal care services, gyms, fitness studios, and sports facilities in Makati will remain closed.

There should be limited operations of businesses and establishments authorized by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) including malls, shopping centers, accommodation establishments, restaurants, and the Makati City Hall will be functional with the only essential workforce.

“Establishments that will not implement proper social distancing measures may face sanctions and penalties,” an ordinance said.

On the other hand, the local government has allowed the tricycles and pedicabs to operate during the GCQ, provided that they will follow the guidelines issued by the Makati City Public Safety Department (PSD).

All passengers of public transportations are required to wear a face mask and face shield.

Makati will implement a modified number coding scheme within the city during GCQ, wherein vehicles with two or more passengers are exempted from the scheme and will not be apprehended.

The executive order will take effect until August 31. (PNA)