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List of businesses allowed to operate under MECQ

Businesses including barbershops, dine-in restaurants, gyms, review center allowed to operate recently under general community quarantine (GCQ) have been ordered to temporarily shut down again after Metro Manila and provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal were placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Meanwhile, businesses providing essential services or products at this time are allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity. The following are the list of businesses allowed to operating under MECQ:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Production of essential hygiene products, medicines, vitamins, PPEs, masks and other medical supplies
  •  Essential retail such as groceries, markets, convenience stores and drug stores
  •  Water refilling stations
  •  Laundry services
  •  Hospitals, clinics
  •  Logistics services
  •  Delivery and courier services
  •  Telcos, energy and power companies
  •  Gasoline stations
  •  Essential constructions (isolation faciities, etc)
  •  BPOs
  •  Printing
  •  Media
  •  Mining
  •  Electronic commercce
  •  Postal
  •  Funeral, embalming, security
  •  Banks
  •  Capital markets

On the other other hand, businesses allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity under MECQ are the following:

  • Other manufacturing
  • Office admin, support
  •  Financial services (money exchange)
  •  Legal and accounting
  •  Management consultancy
  •  Advertising and market research
  •  Architectural activities
  •  Publishing and printing
  •  Film, music, and TV production
  •  Recruitment
  •  Photography
  •  Restaurant delivery and takeout
  •  Malls and commercial centers – non-leisure only
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Businesses prohibited to operate under MECQ:

  • Dine-in services in restaurants
  • Salons
  • Barbershops
  • Establishments offering personal care, aesthetic procedures services
  • Gyms
  • Fitness studios
  • Sports facilities
  • Testing and tutorial centers
  • Review centers
  • Internet cafes
  • Pet grooming services
  • Drive-in cinemas

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez encouraged businesses that are prohibited to operate under MECQ to take “this break to sufficiently prepare for better processes and facilities for compliance to the health standards.”

“We wish that this move back to MECQ will break the increasing trend of positive COVID-19 cases and will eventually allow us to bring back the much-needed livelihood and jobs to many of our countrymen,” Sec Lopez added in a statement last Monday.

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Source: PNA

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