Cities in Metro Manila implemented a uniform curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Mar. 15 to quell surge in COVID-19 cases that coincided with the anniversary of the first nationwide lockdown.
Like in 2020, there are authorized persons outside of residence or APOR, said Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, officer in charge of the Philippine National Police. These people can go about their official business during the curfew hours, which will last until the end of the month.
While exempted, APORs are still required to follow minimum public health standards such as wearing of face masks and face shields, observing physical distancing protocols, and disinfecting frequently.
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These people are exempted from the curfew from March 15 to 31:
- Medical practitioners, nurses, ambulance drivers and other workers of medical facilities on their way to and from work
- Attendants of other persons dealing with an emergency medical situation
- Persons who are obtaining emergency medical assistance for themselves or other persons
- Drivers of delivery trucks while on their way todeliver essential goods or products
- Owners, vendors and other persons involved in the transport and delivery of essential goods
- Private employees such as call center agents while on their way to and from work
- Construction workers while on their way to and from work
- Media practitoners while performing their job
- Persons who are travelling to or from airport prior to or after a flight
- Drivers of private transportation used as shuttle services while on their way to and from work
- Members of Law Enforcement Agencies, including AFP, PCG, BFP, and other emergency responders
- Security guards
- Employees of open fast foods (take-out only)