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Don’t drop your guard

June 02, 2020 - Tuesday 4:06 AM by MDM

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The doors to economic activity will be partially open in the country beginning this week as Metro Manila and other places that had been under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) are downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ). Davao City stays under GCQ until June 15 while the rest of the country will be a notch looser under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) mode.

Make no mistake. In all instances, the health and safety requirements of physical distancing, wearing of masks, washing of the hands, and staying home are non-negotiable. We will have to grin and bear it.

But there is a whale of difference. There is a lot of freedom under MGCQ where residents, regardless of age, can get out of their homes, attend religious gatherings, watch concerts or movies, or dine in their favorite restaurants although all of these at 50 percent seating capacity only. They can go on individual or group exercises, play golf, go swimming, play tennis or table tennis and other non-contact sports.

Under GCQ, movement of all persons will be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in the offices or industries.

Further under GCQ, persons under 21 years old and those who are 60 years old and above, pregnant women and those with health risks are required to stay home.

Nevertheless, the doors are open insofar as outdoor exercise like walking, jogging, running or biking are concerned. Again, the wearing of masks and physical distancing remain paramount.

Mass gatherings are taboo. In short, no movies, concerts, and sporting events for now. Religious gatherings are not encouraged but if unavoidable, should be limited to not more than 10 persons.

All these of course are in compliance with the requirements of the Inter-Agency Task Force that limits movement and transportation as this country strives to hold at bay the COVID-19 threat.

This means that for so long as the virus is there, at no time shall we as a people drop our guards.
 

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