By now, you might have already heard that Metro Manila, Laguna, and the City of Cebu will be placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting on May 16, 2020. With the following areas still showing signs of COVID-19 transmission, the government decided it would be best to have the MECQ until the end of May.
But what about the other areas of the country that are low-risk or no longer have active COVID-19 cases? Well, we have some good news as these places are no longer under any type of Community Quarantine (CQ).
Under the Inter-Agency Task Force's Resolution No. 35, the following areas in the country will no longer be put under ECQ or GCQ since they now only have a low risk of infection. First up are the areas in Luzon which are Region 1, Region IV-B, and Region V. In Visayas, Regions VI and VIII are now no longer under CQ. Finally, in Mindanao, Region X, Region XII, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are no longer placed under CQ.
Despite these areas no longer being under ECQ or GCQ, the government said that minimum health standards must be observed in these areas at all times.
“Hanggang walang vaccine kinakailangan minimum health standards. Iyong mga minimum health standards – social distancing, good hygiene, temperature control, temperature checks at iba pang mga pini-prescribe po ngayon ng DOH,” said Roque.
[For as long as there is no vaccine, minimum health standards are needed. These are social distancing, good hygiene, temperature control, temperature checks and others prescribed by the DOH)
What about the other areas in the country? Well, the IATF has deemed the rest of the country under GCQ until May 31, 2020. These are Cagayan Valley Region, Region II, Region III, Region IV-A (except Laguna), Region VII, Region IX, Region XI, and Region XIII (CARAGA).
The government reminded the public, however, that the current imposed ECQ in Metro Manila, Region III (except Aurora), Calabarzon, Benguet, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod City, Zamboanga City, and Albay province will officially end on May 15, 2020.
With the country slowly restarting businesses and opening up the economy, the government is hopeful that the people living in the non-CQ areas will be able to follow the minimum health guidelines in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.