Cavite releases MECQ guidelines

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Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla released Tuesday the local government’s guidelines on its implementation of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

In a Facebook post, the Cavite LGU imposed the following protocols for MECQ:

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  • The Quarantine Pass System or Q-Pass is non-transferable, and only one household can use it.
  • The ‘Stay-at-Home’ order is in effect. Whoever does not have a Q-pass and is on the street will be arrested and fined.
  • The factories continue to operate.
  • Each employee for checkpoints must always carry a work ID with the corresponding HR schedule.
  • All public transportation can operate when it is for the service of factories, workers, and essential workers.
  • Social distancing rules shall apply.
  • The Market Policy is in effect, according to the policy of each town.
  • Curfew hours have not changed: 8 pm to 4 am.
  • Golf courses are closed.
  • Malls are back to the Local Residents protocol except for the Tagaytay, Trece Martires, which includes Indang and Amadeo.
  • Mall operations will be limited to essential banks, supermarkets, and pharmacies. Department stores will be closed.
  • No dine-in policy in ALL restaurants.
  • Construction for public and private will be allowed at full capacity subject to monitoring and enforcement by DPWH (Public) and LGUs / DOLE (Private).
  • Barangay checkpoints shall be enforced.
  • Shops, barbershops, salons, and computer shops are closed again.
  • There is no “Lipat Bahay” during MECQ.
  • UNOFFICIAL travel shall be strictly limited. All JOWA passes are canceled.
  • Liquor ban will be the decision of each Mayor.
  • Wakes are NOT allowed.
  • Inter-Province travel will be restricted to OFFICIAL BUSINESS purposes only.

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As of August 3, Cavite recorded a total of 1,824 COVID-19 cases, 525 recoveries, and 57 deaths.

The Philippines meanwhile recorded 106,330 COVID-19 cases, 2,104 deaths, and 65,821 recoveries.

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President Rodrigo Duterte announced Sunday night that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna starting midnight on August 4.

With the reimposition of MECQ, experts from the University of the Philippines said there could be 50,000 to 70,000 fewer cases by the end of August.

According to Professor Ranjit Rye of the UP OCTA research team, the Philippines could have 220,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of the month if the capital remained under general community quarantine (GCQ).

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