MANILA, Philippines — New curfew hours will be implemented in the National Capital Region as it is placed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) effective August 6, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The new curfew hours in Metro Manila will be from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the adjustment on curfew hours was approved unanimously by the 17 Metro Manila local chief executives due to the rising number of COVID-19 Delta variant cases in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The standardized and unified curfew hours across the cities and municipalities of NCR will be in effect until August 20.
MMDA Resolution No. 21-16, Series of 2021 states that there is a need to boost vaccination efforts to protect the public against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its variants.
“In view of the ECQ, as warranted by the rising number of COVID-19 Delta Variant cases in the NCR, there is an urgent need to regulate the mobility and movement of persons while at the same time ramping up the vaccination efforts of the National Government and the Local Government Units during the said period in order to broaden population protection,” according to the resolution.
Meanwhile, the MMDA leaves the decision to the Metro Manila local government units on whether or not to impose a liquor ban in their respective jurisdiction.
Valenzuela, Mandaluyong, Parañaque, Pasay, Navotas, Pateros, Quezon City, and San Juan earlier announced they will impose a liquor ban during the ECQ. –AAC