Enhanced Community Quarantine gets another extension until May 15, 2020. The Philippine Government is extending its safeguards due to a rising number of cases of COVID-19. Metro Manila and other “high risk” areas will be placed under this extension. The regions affected include Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, and Catanduanes.
Rules and regulations for motoring will remain the same, meaning that motorists looking to use public roads and highways will need to adhere to several regulations imposed by the government to minimize social contact in the Metro.
Several checkpoints will still be present to check if the social distancing guidelines are being followed. Only authorized Persons Outside of Residence will be allowed to go out and buy supplies, and will require proper documentation that is subject to checking, such as your quarantine pass. It is also important to note that this pass will also limit how far you can go as part of the protocol.
Motorcycle back riding is still not allowed, and violators will still be subjected to fines. However, free travel will be granted provided the rider is alone, and an authorized person traveling for essential goods and services. Fines will be handed out to violators of this rule. All other regulations such as proper riding gear and traffic regulations are still enforced.
Violators of the enhanced community quarantine guidelines will also be fined or even arrested. The rules still hold, just for a little longer or until the situation becomes less dire and risky. Stay safe and at home if you don’t need to go out. For those buying supplies for their household, exercise proper hygiene and alertness when traveling for essential goods. The Enhanced Community Quarantine period will still be subject to assessment by the government, so another extension may happen.