By Ryan Barshop, Esq., Enterline and Partners Co. Ltd.

Beginning 12:01 am on March 29 through Easter Sunday, Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces of Cavite, Laguna Bulucan, and Rizal will be under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). ECQ is the strictest out of the four quarantine levels. Minors under the age of 18 and senior citizens over the age of 65 are prohibited from leaving their homes.

Unlike last year’s two-month-long ECQ, public transportation, including Transportation Network Vehicle Services (Grab and Angkas) will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Mass gatherings are prohibited as are outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people. Indoors gatherings with any person who is not an immediate household member are likewise not allowed.

Essential and priority construction projects whether public or private will be allowed to operate. Restaurants will be allowed to serve take-out only.

* April 3, update: upon advice of the OCTA Research Group and the Inter-Agency Task Force, Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) has been extended by one week. Originally scheduled to expire at 11:59pm on April 5, it will now run until April 11, 2021.

According to the OCTA Research Group, the one week ECQ has led to a significant decrease in the number of reported cases.

All current restrictions that were imposed before the current ECQ took effect remain in place.


By Ryan Barshop, Esq., Enterline and Partners Co. Ltd.

Enterline and Partners is an American owned immigration and investment consulting firm with offices in Ho Chi Minh City; Manila, Philippines and an affiliate office in Taipei, Taiwan.