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Which Businesses Are Allowed to Open During MECQ?

Here's a cheat sheet from the DTI.
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Here are guidelines from the Department of Trade and Industry on the operating capacities of businesses during the MECQ or Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan were placed under MECQ from April 12 to 30 to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

These are based on omnibus guidelines issued in May 2020 and will be updated as rules change.

These businesses are not allowed during MECQ

  • Barbershops and salons
  • Gyms, fitness studios, and sports facilities
  • Internet and computer shops
  • Testing and review centers, tutorials, driving schools
  • Cinemas, theaters, karaoke bars
  • Kids' amusement and playrooms
  • Libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers
  • Waterparks, beaches, and resorts
  • Tour agencies
  • Personal care such as saunas, facial care, and waxing
  • Pet grooming
  • Public and private construction identified by the government as non-essential

These businesses can operate at 100% capacity during MECQ

  • Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • Manufacturing of essential goods: food and beverage (only non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Manufacturing of essential goods: hygiene products
  • Manufacturing of essential goods: medicine and vitamins
  • Manufacturing of essential goods: PPEs
  • Manufacturing of essential goods: pet foods, feeds, and fertilizer
  • Essential retail: groceries, supermarkets, markets, convenience stores
  • Food preparation: takeout and delivery
  • Water refilling stations
  • Laundry services
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Health, medical and frontline services including dialysis and chemotherapy centers
  • Other medical, dental, and optometry, non-aesthetic dermatological clinics, EENT (with strict health protocols, medical personnel must wear PPEs, dental procedures limited to emergencies
  • Cargo handling, shipping, trucking, freight forwarding
  • Delivery and courier
  • Water supply and sanitation
  • Repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy and power
  • Gasoline stations
  • Workers accredited by the Department of Transportation
  • Airline and aircraft maintenance
  • Essential public and private construction 
  • Manufacturing of equipment for construction works
  • BPO
  • Printing presses
  • Media
  • Mining and quarrying
  • E-commerce
  • Postal, courier, and delivery
  • Real estate leasing
  • Housing services (plumbing, roofing, and electrical works)
  • Veterinary
  • Security and investigation
  • Funeral and embalming
  • Banks, money transfers, pawnshops, microfinance, credit cooperatives
  • Capital markets such as the Bangko Sentral, Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp, Philippine Depository and Trust Corp
  • Rental and leasing
  • Employment activities

These businesses can operate at 50% capacity during MECQ

  • Shopping malls (subject to DTI rules)
  • Other manufacturing including alcoholic drinks, electrical machinery, wood products, furniture, nonmetallic products, textiles, apparel, tobacco, paper, rubber, plastic, refined petroleum, computers, electronics, motor vehicles, transport equipment
  • Other real estate activities aside from leasing, which is allowed at 100%
  • Office administrative and office support
  • Money exchange, insurance, reinsurance, lending, non-compulsory pension funding
  • Legal and accounting
  • Management and consultancy
  • Architecture and engineering
  • Scientific research and development
  • Advertising and market research
  • Computer programming
  • Publishing and printing
  • Recruitment and placement agencies for overseas employment
  • Photography, fashion, interior and graphic design
  • Wholesale and retail of motor vehicles, motorbikes, and bicycles
  • Repair of motor vehicles, motorbikes
  • Film, music, and TV production
  • Restaurants (delivery and takeout only)
  • Hardware stores
  • Clothing stores
  • Bookstores and office supply stores
  • Baby products stores
  • Pet supply stores
  • IT, electronics supply stores
  • Shops selling flowers, jewelry, antiques, and novelties
  • Toy stores
  • Music stores
  • Art galleries
  • Firearms and ammunition stores

These businesses can operate using a skeleton force

  • Hotel and accommodation establishments
  • Mall-based government frontline services

This story originally appeared on Reportr.World. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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