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Missing the Outside World? You Can Take A Jog Outside During MECQ

You can finally move those legs and catch a whiff of fresh air.
by Clara Rosales
May 15, 2020
Photo/s: Unsplash / Chander R

Metro Manila has been under quarantine for over two months now and some people might be missing that quick morning jog.

Metro Manila residents will be allowed to go outside for a walk or a jog starting May 16, when the region shifts to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on May 15.

"We have announced that in modified ECQ, jogging, running outside, and walking is now allowed," Roque said in an ANC Headstart interview.

Aside from Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu City will also be placed under MECQ from May 16 to 31.

Under MECQ, people can only go out for essential goods and services, and to go to work. There will be no mass transport in areas under MCQ. Select industries are allowed to resume operations in MECQ.

Outdoor exercises will be allowed, but individuals must observe social distancing guidelines and wear face masks when they’re out.

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 "Now we could all exercise outside. We can run and we can bike, and we can walk," Roque said. 

Curfews are still in place during MECQ, so going out for a walk or some air is not allowed late at night.

"Meron pa rin pong checkpoints yan at saka 'yung curfew ipagpapatuloy 'yan dahil 'yan naman po ay nakabase sa mga ordinansa," he added. 

Aside from going out to get a whiff of fresh air, a lot of people have asked about barbershops and salons.

Roque said those establishments are still not allowed to open. 

"Hindi po muna papayagan ang mga barbero at saka beauty salon sa modified ECQ. Kanya-kanya muna tayong gupit talaga," he said.

According to Roque, the Inter-Agency Task Force spent about 9 to 10 hours debating on whether barbershops and salons should open.

"Sa GCQ, DTI is still reviewing. Talagang masalimuot po 'yung usapin ng sa barbero," he said.

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