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Motorcycle dealerships can reopen during MECQ and GCQ

Metro Manila dealerships can operate with a reduced workforce.


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As the country has now started slowly easing the nationwide lockdown measures, Metro Manila braces itself to shift from Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) as some businesses are getting ready to open their doors back to the public, and that includes motorcycle dealerships and service centers. 

Metro Manila has been placed under ECQ which restricted the movement of people for purposes of obtaining basic necessities. Social gatherings were strictly prohibited and officials necessitated the use of quarantine passes to go to the groceries was strictly enforced provided they wore facemasks and safety measures were in place. 

Earlier this week, President Rodrigo Duterte announced through his spokesperson Harry Roque that starting May 16, Metro Manila shall be placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) which would allow certain businesses to finally reopen, provided that health and sanitation protocols are in place and that they operate with a limited capacity of personnel. Certain provinces outside Metro Manila would be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) unless they are still considered as high-risk areas, on which they will also be placed under MECQ. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) released a guide on how certain industries would operate during the shift from ECQ to MECQ or GCQ. Among the industries included to be allowed to reopen are motorcycle dealerships and service centers provided they follow the measures set forth by their guidelines.

MECQ, GCQ Guide

Motorcycle dealerships and service centers placed under MECQ may reopen their doors to the public but they can only allow up to 50% of their workforce to be on-site at any time while the rest of the staff shall be working remotely via a work from home arrangement. For motorcycle dealerships that are located within areas placed under GCQ, 100% of their workforce may report for duty for as long as strict health protocols and minimum health standards are in place within the place of work. 

In Metro Manila, with a reduced workforce, people having their motorcycles serviced should expect a slower turnaround time, given the reduced number of personnel present to serve you.

In Metro Manila, with a reduced workforce, people having their motorcycles serviced should expect a slower turnaround time, given the reduced number of personnel present to serve you.

In any case, the implementation of strict health and sanitary protocols and facilities should be in place. All individuals would still be required to require masks at all times for as long as they are out of their homes. That goes the same for people who plan to visit motorcycle dealerships and service centers. Customers, visitors, suppliers, and staff must all be subjected to temperature checks and hand sanitizing practices before they even enter the premises. Businesses are likewise encouraged to adopt additional measures to ensure and promote contactless transactions between them and their customers. 

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque expressed the government’s efforts to help control the resurgence of COVID-19 cases with the new protocols in place.

We need to be flexible because our mandate is to do this little by little. If ever the number of cases grow once again, we will have to return to ECQ

Thus, if you’re planning to visit your favorite dealership either to shop for a new motorcycle or maybe have your bike serviced, it’s best to wear a mask at all times and keep a hand sanitizer within reach, and with limited personnel onsite, expect the service to maybe take a little longer. If you’re buying, check if they have online channels first for motorcycle purchases. Our motorcycle guide would be more than enough to help you with your motorcycle shopping experience. 


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