Starting Monday this week, Metro Manila was placed under a curfew once again to curb the spike in new virus cases. From 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM, everyone should be indoors, with the exemption of frontliners and select members of the workforce. Now, it seems the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is implementing more measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

The IATF, through presidential speaker Harry Roque, announced that select businesses will temporarily stop operations once again for two weeks. Driving schools, cinemas, gaming arcades, museums, and cultural centers in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be closed starting Friday, March 19, until April 4.

Also, meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) events will be limited to 30% of the event venue's capacity. Meanwhile, restaurants and cafes will be restricted to serving 50% of their guest capacity.

Not sure if your area is under GCQ? For reference, Metro Manila, Baguio City, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Batangas, Tacloban City, Iligan City, Davao City, and Lanao Del Sur are under GCQ for the entire month of March. If you happen to reside in an area not placed under GCQ, then your driving lessons can continue.

So if you happen to be set for driving lessons in the next two weeks, better re-schedule them after April 4. To be safe, schedule it two weeks after April 4. Who knows, the IATF might end up extending the stop operations, assuming the number of cases doesn't drop in the coming weeks. Besides, taking up driving lessons isn't exactly the safest thing to do in the middle of a pandemic.