Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the prevailing uniform curfew hours in Metro Manila of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. will remain in force and quarantine passes will no longer be needed as the National Capital Region (NCR) shifts to the “heightened” Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting Saturday, August 21.
Olivarez, who is also the chairman of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), said the curfew hours of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. will still remain to limit the movement of people outside their residences.
Under the heightened MECQ, indoor and al fresco dine-in services and personal services, including beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops and nail spas, shall not be allowed while religious gathering shall remain virtual.
Olivarez also said the decision on the liquor ban will be left to each local government unit.
For the rest of the month, local government units (LGUs) will continue to implement strict granular lockdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“‘Yung ating mga clustering ay hindi po ‘yung buong barangay. Kundi particular lang ‘yung kalsada, building na puwede po nating i-lockdown para ma-contain ang COVID na ito,” (Our clustering will not be the whole village. But only particular areas such as a street or building to contain COVID.) Olivarez told ABS-CBN Teleradyo.
He also said the government will not give additional financial assistance to low-income families.
“‘Yung MECQ po hindi po talaga magkakaroon kasi hirap na po talaga ang gobyerno talaga,” (Under MECQ, there will be no more [cash aid] because the government is really struggling.) Olivarez said.
Metro Manila will be under the second strictest level of quarantine for the rest of August to curb the spread of COVID-19 linked to the more contagious Delta variant.
The capital region remained under the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the strictest lockdown measure, until Friday, Aug. 20.