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The Philippines on Tuesday released the list of activities and businesses that are allowed to operate in quarantine areas, as it moved to reopen parts of the economy that were shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Rodrigo Duterte extended the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period in Metro Manila and high risk areas to May 15. All other areas will be be placed under looser general community quarantine or GCQ from May 1.

The following are ALLOWED under ECQ and GCQ

  • Agriculture and fisheries and the entire value chain including manufacturing of feeds, fertilizers and pesticides
  •  Manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products, essential products, medicines and medical supplies including:
    •   All food
    •   Essential hygiene products such as soaps, detergents shampoo, conditioners, diapers, feminine hygiene products, tissue, wipes and toilet papers
    •   Disinfectants
    •   Medicines and vitamins
    •   Medical products such as PPEs, masks, gloves, 
    •   Pet food
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Dental and EENT clinics (with strict health standards)
  • Retail establishments (groceries, supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, public markets, pharmacies and drug stores
  • Food preparations and water stations) 
  • Logistics service providers (cargo handling, warehousing, trucking, freight forwarding and shipping line)
  • Delivery services, whether or not e-commerce platform, in-house or outsourced, transporting only food, water, medicine, pet food, hardware products or other basic necessities
  • Banks and capital markets, per section 5 of IATF Resolution No. 13 dated March 17, 2020
  • Power, energy, water, IT and telecommunications supplies and facilities, waste disposal services and technical services to above utilities
  • Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply
  • Postal and courier activities
  • Water collection, treatment and supply
  • Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities (except materials recovery - junk shop)
  • Sewerage (except emptying of septic tanks)
  • Veterinary activities
  • Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
  • Repair of computers and personal household goods
  • Services to buildings and landscape activities (except landscape care)
  • Employment activities (manpower services for essential activities)
  • Security and investigation activities
  • Programming and broadcasting activities
  • Rental and leasing activities (except for entertainment and mass gathering purposes)
  • Accommodations used as quarantine facilities for OFW and overseas Filipinos, as well as temporary accommodation for essential industries such as healthcare facilities, banks, BPOs, exporters and other frontline service sectors
  • Services to buildings and landscape activities
  • Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas
  • Gasoline stations
  • Laundry shops (including self-service)
  • Funeral services
  • Export companies (with temporary accommodation and shuttle services
  • Business process outsourcing companies (with temporary accommodation and shuttle services, work from home)
  • Mining and quarrying

The following are ALLOWED in GCQ areas: 

  • Other manufacturing activities:
    •   Beverages
    •   Cement and steel
    •   Electrical machinery
    •   Wood products, furniture
    •   Non-metallic products
    •   Textile/wearing apparels
    •   Tobacco products
    •   Paper and paper products
    •   Rubber and plastic products
    •   Coke and refined petroleum products
    •   Other non-metallic mineral products
    •   Computer, electronic and optical products
    •   Electrical equipment 
    •   Machinery and equipment
    •   Motor vehicles, trailers, and semi-trailers
    •   Other transport equipment
  • Malls and commercial centers (including hardware stores, clothing and accessories and non-leisure stores)
  • Barbershops, salons, spas and other personal care industries (with strict health standards)
  • Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Construction and Build, Build, Build
  • Forestry and logging
  • Publishing activities
  • Motion picture, video and television program production, sound recording and music publishing activities
  • Advertising and market research 
  • Real estate activities (except buying and selling)
  • Office administrative, office support and other business activities
  • Legal and accounting
  • Insurance, reinsurance, and pension funding except compulsory social security
  • Architecture and engineering activities, technical testing analysis
  • Scientific and research development
  • Other professional, scientific and technical activities
  • Social work activities without accommodation
  • Government office - frontline offices

The IATF has also approved universities and colleges to operate under skeletal workforce by May 4 in these areas, but only to formally conclude Academic Year 2019-2020, issue credentials to students, and prepare for "flexible learning arrangements" for the next school year.

Businesses to remain closed in all areas:

  • Gyms, fitness studios and sports facilities
  • Entertainment-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: theaters, cinemas, large concerts, festivals, carnivals, conventions, shows, pubs, bars
  • Business-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: trade shows, conferences, conventions, workshops, retreats
  • Politically-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: election rallies, polling centers, parades, speeches, addresses
  • Sports-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: trainings, games, tournaments, championships
  • Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural activities
  • Gambling and betting activities
  • Travel agency, tour operator, reservation service and related activities
  • Activities of membership organizations
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