MECQ Guidelines

for businesses

What is MECQ?

MECQ or Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine is the transition between the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

It is a more lenient version of the ECQ. Here is a summary of the guidelines released by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) for your information.

General Guidelines

All people should stay at home.

Limited outdoor exercise allowed

Outdoor running, jogging, biking allowed but must observe safety protocols (i.e., masks and 2 meter distancing)

Gatherings are highly restricted, with a maximum of 5 persons per gathering only.

School premises are closed.


Skeletal workforce allowed to work on-site while the rest is to work from home.

Inter-island travel is not allowed.

There are no domestic flights and international flights are limited.

Only public shuttles are allowed.

Exemptions on tricycle operations are subject to LGUs and DILG guidelines. Biking and other non-motorized transport are encouraged. In addition, two-wheeler vehicles may be used but strictly for single riders only.

Company shuttles and personal vehicles are allowed so long as passengers are workers in permitted sectors and a two-persons per row rule is observed.

Construction for emergency works, flood control, and other disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation works, sewerage projects, water service facilities projects, and digital works are allowed.

Public projects are to be monitored by DPWH while private projects are to be monitored by LGUs and DOLE.



Only 21 to 59 yrs old without preexisting health conditions are allowed to work and should be tested before starting. Tests are to be funded by contractors.

Workers are to be housed in barracks during the project duration with segregated facilities. Private shuttles and quarantine passes should be provided for onsite employees.


Safe distancing and daily disinfection should be practiced.

Errands outside the construction site are to be minimized and deliveries and disposal should be handled by a separate team. PPEs should also be provided for all employees.

Mandated Quarantine for all personnel returning from outside is required.

Safety Officers should be designated to ensure compliance to these protocols.

How does this affect my business?

• Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

• Manufacturing of essential goods

• Hospitals and clinics

• Essential retail

• Laundry shops

• Food preparation and water-refilling: take out and delivery only

• Logistics service providers

• Delivery service

• Utilities

• Repair and installation of machinery and equipment

• Telecommunications companies

• Energy companies

• Gasoline stations

• Construction workers accredited by DPWH

• Manufacturing companies and suppliers of products necessary for construction

• Mining and quarrying

• Electronic commerce companies

• Postal, courier, and delivery services

• Export-oriented companies

• Repair of computers and personal and household goods

• Housing service activities

• Special purpose accommodation

• Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

• Banks, money transfer services, microfinance institutions, pawnshops, and credit cooperatives

• Capital markets

• Rental and leasing other than real estate

• Employment activities

• Other Manufacturing 

• Real estate activities

• Public and private construction projects that are essential: small scale projects not allowed 

• Office administrative and office support

• Accommodation for guests (Only for existing long-term bookings or bookings as of May 1 in Luzon)

• Funeral and embalming services

• Veterinary clinics

• Security and investigation activities

• Other financial services

• Legal and accounting

• Management consultancy activities

• Architecture and engineering activities

• Scientific and research development

• Advertising and market research

• Computer programming and information service activities

• Publishing and printing activities

• Film, music and TV production

• Wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles. Motorcycles, and bicycles, including their parts and components

• Repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles

• Malls and commercial centers

    1. Limit the number of people inside the mall or store

    2. Operating malls are to reduce the number of entrances to better manage foot traffic

    3. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities are only allowed one companion

    4. Observe social distancing of people (one meter apart) at all times

    5. Ensure that every customer stand on every other step of the escalator to maintain social distancing

    6. Increase police visibility; should there be a need to enforce physical distancing 

• Dining/Restaurants (delivery and take-out only)

• Hardware stores 

• Clothing and accessories 

• Mall-based government frontline services 

• Hardware stores 

• Bookstores and school and office supplies stores 

• Baby care supplies stores 

• Pet food and pet care supplies 

• IT, communications, and electronic equipment 

• Flower, jewelry, novelty, antique, perfume shops 

• Toy store

• Barbershops and salons

• Gyms/fitness studios and sports facilities

• Entertainment industries 

• Kid amusement industries

• Libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers

• Tourist destinations

• Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation service and related activities

• Personal care services

Minimum Safety Guidelines

In compliance with safety protocols, a “no mask, no entry” rule should always be observed. Frequent sanitation and handwashing are encouraged and touching of surfaces and the face should be avoided. Stricter safety protocols are to be followed for higher-risk occupations, industries, and spaces.

For safe distancing, a 1 meter apart rule should always be observed — workspaces should be reconfigured to practice this. Workers who show symptoms are to discontinue work immediately. In addition, markers observing the 1 meter apart rule should be placed in public places.

Private companies should adhere to return-to-work protocols. Employees are to work from home as default with exceptions of on-site work. Private shuttles should be provided and PCR confirmatory testing should be performed on employees.

Guidelines for Partially Allowed Sectors and Value Chains

A minimum of 50% of your employees are required to work from home. Allowed onsite workers should not exceed 50% of the total population of your employees.