After two consecutive quarantine periods, places outside the lockdown areas in the Philippines are allowed to re-open businesses starting May 1. These places are considered under the newly established “general community quarantine” wherein “non-leisure” shops are also allowed to resume operations. However, those who’re looking forward to going out since the lockdown should be aware of the new rules.
According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, visitors must be aged 21 to 59 and should not look “sickly”. Furthermore, they need to wear faces masks and use hand sanitizers. For establishments, free Wi-Fi from malls will be discontinued as part of new measures in preventing coronavirus spread. Employees are also required to wear masks and gloves provided by business operators. While banks, laundry services, and hardware stores, among others, are allowed to re-open, they need to meet the “minimum health standards” first before resuming operations.