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Metro Manila Mayors Shorten Curfew, Propose 'Flexible' MECQ

With shorter curfew hours.
by Pia Regalado
Apr 28, 2021

(UPDATE) The curfew in Metro Manila will be shortened by three hours starting May 1, as mayors of the capital regions pushed for a "flexible MECQ" that will also see more businesses reopen, the MMDA said Wednesday.

The curfew will start at 10 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. and will end at 4 a.m. the next day still, the MMDA said. President Rodrigo Duterte will decide late Wednesday on May quarantines for the entire country, including a possible extension of the MECQ in the so-called NCR Plus Bubble.

The bubble covers 24 million people in Metro Manila, Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal.

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The MECQ is the second highest in a four-step quarantine classification system, after ECQ (enhanced community quarantine). The MECQ is stricter than GCQ (general community quarantine) and MGCQ (modified general community quarantine).


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Still, the 2021 MECQ inside the NCR Plus Bubble is looser than the 2020 MECQ. It allows public transport and al fresco dining.


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