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Back To MECQ: What That Means For You

Here's what that means for deliveries and shipping

Metro Manila and many of its bordering provinces are shifting back to MECQ starting midnight on August 4. The shift to more stringent lockdown rules was decided upon by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases because of the ballooning case count of COVID-19, which as of press time has now seen a total of 106,330 cases in the Philippines.┬áBecause of the many abbreviated formMECQs of lockdown rules that we’ve been using, many people might not know what that means for them, especially as it relates to their day-to-day routines, specifically the MECQ Guidelines during this time.

In a nutshell, the shift back to MECQ means that many non-essential businesses will be closed, and that companies that are allowed to operate will do so at 50% capacity. Places that will be allowed to stay open like groceries, supermarkets, and convenience stores might start requiring quarantine passes from customers before they’re allowed to enter.

Restaurants will still be allowed to open, though there will no longer be dine-in options for customers. Only pick-up and deliveries will be allowed.

Logistics companies will be allowed to operate, so will e-commerce sites like Lazada and Shoppee. Similarly, Lalamove, Grab, Angkas Padala, and all other shipping/pickup apps should continue to function, though expect delays because of checkpoints.

Taxis, TNVS services, and other forms of app-based public transport are suspended. No LRT or MRT will be available, nor will there be Jeepneys and Buses as well. Tricycles will not be allowed unless they have exemptions from the DILG or the LGU.

#SMAnnouncements: Establishments offering basic necessities and other select retail stores in SM Megamall will remain open to serve the public.Stay Safe, Everyone! #SMCares

Posted by SM MEGAMALL on Monday, August 3, 2020

Malls will be allowed to open, but only essential businesses inside of them will be accepting customers. Businesses like supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, computer stores, hardware stores, and other essential retail stores will continue to stay open. Take note that they will be asking for quarantine passes before you will be served or let in.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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