Manila quarantine restrictions eased

The quarantine rules in Metro Manila and four adjacent provinces have been eased starting today, according to an announcement by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. 

The modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) order was approved by President Duterte, which is less stringent than the previously enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Under the MECQ, all establishments will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent on-site capacity, however, this, unfortunately, excludes casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments except for the draws conducted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 

It also excludes entertainment and recreational venues, outdoor and indoor sports, tourist attractions, venues for MICE, personal care services, and indoor dine-in services, which remain closed. 

The Philippines gaming industry was one of the worst-hit by the pandemic in 2020, given the length and breadth of their casino closures. GGR slumped nearly 90 percent in the year. 

NCR Plus, 3 other areas now under MECQ until April 30 (Philippines News Agency)