MANILA, Philippines – New quarantine measures, including possible granular lockdowns in National Capital Region (NCR)/Metro Manila, are still pending President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval, Secretary Harry Roque said on Sunday morning.
According to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, the government’s coronavirus task committee has approved the implementation of a granular lockdown beginning on Wednesday, September 8, with the National Capital Region as the testing area.
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease makes a recommendation on the granular lockdown but it is still on President Duterte’s decision whether he approves the recommendation or not.
What’s in the granular lockdown?
According to DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, “(the granular) lockdown will be limited to few and small specific areas with high transmissions, but other areas will allow some more sector openings and capacity so that more jobs can be brought back”.
Instead of imposing province-wide or city-wide quarantine restrictions, a granular lockdown system will place individual establishments, streets, or barangays with high infection counts under lockdown.
According to Lopez, food will be provided to individuals in hard lockdown communities. Depending on the granular lockdown limits enforced, more businesses will be permitted to operate.
Minimum health measures such as face masks, face shields, distance, and ventilation are still required.
Level 1 – New normal
Level 2- Concentrated on allowing capacity in the most affected sectors
Level 3- The most stringent granular lockdown will be imposed.
What will be allowed during Granular Lockdown?
- Closed Area
- Restaurants, Gym, and SPA
- Crowded Area
- Meeting, Events, Conventions
- Close Contact Sector
- Salon, Personal Care Services
Do you have any questions/clarifications about this article? Please feel free to drop one below.