Today marks the first day of NCR and neighboring provinces reverting to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). That means most establishments within the zone are closed including car dealerships and service centers. Some manufacturers have announced the temporary suspension of operations, as well.
So far, Isuzu, Honda, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Subaru, and Ford said their dealerships and service centers are closed starting today (March 29, 2021) until the end of ECQ (April 4, 2021). However, their sales and service operations are still available in areas not placed under ECQ. So if are based outside of NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, you may still head to the nearest dealership to view what they have on offer or bring in your vehicle for servicing. That said, Lexus does not have a service center outside Metro Manila.
There are three more manufacturers that suspended operations in the meantime. These are Volkswagen, Maxus, and Kia. What makes them different is that they are continuing their emergency roadside assistance services for the time being.
Toyota will also continue emergency roadside assist in select areas, but they removed Toyota San Pablo and Santa Rosa from the list, among others. The company adds that these might change without prior notice. Again, showrooms and service centers located outside the bubble will remain open. If you have an appointment that was supposed to be for this week, the manufacturers suggest calling up your sales or service adviser to reschedule.
As a reminder, the updated omnibus states that curfew starts from 6:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Unlike before, public transport is allowed following rules and regulations implemented by the Department of Transport (DOTr). A travel pass is no longer required but those going out must be an APOR (Authorized Person Outside of Residence) at the very least, or part of the essential service workforce. For the latter, they must present their valid identification or a certificate of employment for passage.
*This story will be updated throughout the week.