Guide on NCR Plus Bubble Restrictions To Fight COVID-19 Spread
NCR PLUS BUBBLE – Here are the restrictions in Metro Manila and four (4) provinces such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal amid the implementation of a bubble in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still present in the Philippines and there are new variants now of the said disease. Thus, everyone is highly encouraged to keep practicing the protocols in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
Everyone must wear a face mask and practice physical distancing when going outdoors. Most public establishments including pharmacies, grocery stores, and shopping malls also require a face shield aside from a face mask.
Community quarantine measures are still up in the Philippines. Recently, the national government has placed the whole National Capital Region (NCR) under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with additional restrictions.
The government called the new restriction covering Metro Manila as “NCR Plus Bubble”. Aside from Metro Manila, the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are covered by the new restrictions.
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Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, from March 22 to April 4, non-essential travels in and out of the areas covered by the NCR Bubble Plus are temporarily not allowed. Only the following authorized persons will be allowed to move in and out of their areas:
- essential workers
- health and emergency frontline services personnel
- government officials
- government frontline personnel
- duly-authorized humanitarian assistance actors
- persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons
- persons going to the airport for travel abroad
- anyone crossing zones for work or business and going back home
- returning overseas Filipinos and OFWs
According to the report, movements within in areas covered by the NCR Bubble Plus remain unimpeded. Those who will supposedly go out of town for the Holy Week will need to cancel their plans.
Furthermore, mass gatherings including religious gatherings are temporarily not allowed in Metro Manila and the provinces within the bubble. Certain events like weddings and christenings are limited to ten (10) people only.
Moreover, dine-in in restaurants and cafes are not allowed. Only al fresco or outdoor dining will be allowed with a maximum of 50% of the venue capacity of the establishment. There is also a curfew from 10:00 p.m. up to 5:00 a.m. and minors and seniors, pregnant women, and those who are immuno-compromised must remain in their residences except for very important reasons.
Gyms are allowed to operate up to 70% of their capacity while spas up to 50% of their capacity. These restrictions will be implemented for two (2) weeks.
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