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IATF unsure if ECQ for two weeks in NCR will be enough

Inter-Agency Task Force Co-Chairperson Karlo Nograles said that there is no guarantee that the two-week enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila will be enough to control the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

Nograles said that the duration of the ECQ will still depend on the number of COVID-19 cases and the progress of the ongoing vaccination drive.

“We also don’t know how long this ECQ will last. Right now, it’s just two weeks so far,” Nograles said in an interview on ABS-CBN.

“I-momonitor natin yung numbers, i-momonitor natin yung vaccination rollout, we’ll take it one day at a time but also be mindful about August 20,” he added.

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Metro Manila will be placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine again starting August 6 as announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

ECQ is the strictest form of lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

ECQ in Metro Manila will be from August 6-20.

In the meantime, Metro Manila will be under under General Community Quarantine “subject to heightened and additional restrictions” until Aug. 5 according to Roque.

“The heightened restrictions for NCR are more stringent compared to the GCQ with heightened restrictions of other areas,” Roque said in a statement.

In NCR, indoor dine-in services and al fresco dining are prohibited. Only take-out and delivery are allowed.

For people working in these establishments, operations are allowed to continue and finish within the day.

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“On the other hand, personal care services, such as beauty salons, beauty parlors, barber shops and nail spas may operate up to 30% of venue or seating capacity,” he added.

Indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attractions and specialized markets of the Department of Tourism (DOT) may not operate.

“Outdoor tourist attractions, as may be defined by the DOT, shall remain to be allowed at 30% venue capacity,” Malacanang explained.

“Only Authorized Persons Outside their Residences shall be allowed to travel into and out of the NCR Plus Area, which includes Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal,” he added. (TDT)

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