A curfew is now imposed in the entire Metro Manila, starting at 8PM to 5AM. This was announced by Malacañang this week, based on the request of Metro Manila mayors. The curfew will remain in effect while Metro Manila is in GCQ.

“I understand the mayors voted. There was a majority, that the curfew hours should be 8 (PM) to 5 (AM),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told CNN Philippines.

The curfew is in consideration of NCR mayors’ request for a stricter General Community Quarantine (GCQ).


“We considered the recommendations of the mayors to actually impose a stricter GCQ because when we consulted the mayors, they were in agreement that it should be GCQ but it should also be a strict type,” Roque said.

Aside from the curfew, the government will start the aggressive implementation of localized and granular lockdowns. Quarantine passes will be required for residents in areas placed under granular lockdowns, as determined by their local government units (LGUs).

Even as the capital is now under GCQ, mass gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 10 persons. Religious services are also covered by this rule. Gyms, internet cafes, review and tutorial centers, sports facilities, drive-in cinemas, and pet grooming services cannot operate during GCQ. Restaurants and salons can open but the LGUs will determine the capacity in these establishments.

Face shields and face masks, are required in commercial places, workplaces (indoor), and public transport.

In our earlier story, the IATF has allowed pillion riding or backriding on motorcycles without the use of plastic barriers for those living in the same home. However, those from different homes will still have to use backrider shields or barriers with a design similar to that of Angkas.