Soon some areas in the country will lift Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and transition into a General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Under GCQ rules, travel will be less restricted as part of the country's workforce gets back in action.
But what if you have to cross areas with stricter ECQ rules? Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año sets the record straight: just bring proper documentation.
“If you’re referring to the GCQ, dito naman sa GCQ, hindi na masyadong problema basta dala-dala lang nila ‘yung kanilang company ID or certification of their employment ay okay na ‘yan,” said Año.
[Those coming from GCQ areas, it won't be much of a problem for as long as they bring company ID or Certificate of Employment, then it's okay.]
Simply put, If you have to cross any of these hot zones to get to work, you may do so as long as you have IDs from your place of work. However, it is unknown if those coming from ECQ areas will be allowed to enter or pass GCQ areas.
Now what if you just want to drive around or visit relatives and friends? As emphasized by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, you cannot. You can only drive if you're headed to work that has resumed operations, or if you have to procure essentials.
According to Roque, only select people will be allowed to travel to and from ECQ areas. These include health workers (doctors, nurses, etc), government officials and government frontline personnel, medical or aid volunteers, those headed to the airport for international flights, workers in permitted establishments, persons providing essential goods, services, and public utilities. Skeletal workforce personnel, repatriated OFWs and non-OFWs returning to their residences, and “persons transported through efforts of the national government upon the conduct of the necessary quarantine protocols and in concurrence with the receiving local government units” are allowed to move around.
Starting May 15, if your city or municipality goes into ECQ, don't forget your company ID (or COE) to avoid any hassles should you pass through checkpoints.