© Mark Makalalad/Super Radyo dzBB A motorcycle rider takes out his ID to present to authorities at a checkpoint at the boundary of Marikina City in Metro Manila and Cainta, Rizal before dawn on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, on the second day of the 'NCR Plus' bubble implementation. Motorists have to present proof they are authorized persons outside residence and are checked for compliance with health protocols. MARK MAKALALAD/Super Radyo dzBB

The National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will be placed anew under the stricter enhanced community quarantine starting Monday, March 29 at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, April 4.

The announcement came after the Philippines reported an all-time high number of 9,838 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, malls will be allowed to remain open for essential stores such as groceries, pharmacies, and hardware stores.

Meanwhile, restaurants will be allowed to remain open for take-out and delivery. All types of dine-in, including al fresco, are now prohibited.

The following establishments and services will be allowed to operate at full capacity:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Health, emergency, and frontline services
  • Manufacturers of medicines, medical supplies, devices, and equipment
  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishery and their workes, including farmers, ARBs, fisherfolk, and agri-fishery stores
  • Delivery and courier services, transporting food, medicine, or other essential goods

The following establishments will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity:

  • Private establishments (essential goods and services)
  • Media establishments and their total permanent staff complement
  • Workers accredited by the Department of Transportation

Industries under a skeleton force, meanwhile, include:

  • Other medical, dental, rehabilitation, and optometry clinics, pharmacies, or drug stores
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Banks, money transfer services
  • Telecommunications companies, internet service providers, cable television providers
  • Manufacturing companies and suppliers (construction works, such as cement and steel)
  • Funeral and embalming services
  • Security personnel
  • Real estate activities limited to leasing only
  • Capital markets
  • Water supply and sanitation services and facilities
  • Energy and power companies
  • Airline and aircraft maintenance, pilots and crew, and employees
  • The Philippine Postal Corporation, PSA, BPOs, Export businesses, Printing Presses
  • Humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations, NGOs, UN-Humanitarian Country Teams
  • Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, or such other religious ministers
  • Repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment

The Philippines has reported a total of 712,442 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 581,161 have recovered and 13,159 have died. —JST, GMA News