LOOK: Mix of old, new normal as moderate lockdown begins in Metro Manila


Posted at May 16 2020 10:19 PM

After two months of strict lockdown measures, Metro Manila was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), which would allow more businesses in the manufacturing sector to operate as well as malls and other non-leisure establishments at a restricted capacity. 

While the use of private vehicles has been eased under the setup, public transportation remains suspended but shuttles commissioned by businesses for their employees are allowed as long as certain guidelines are followed.

Here are some scenes from the first day of the MECQ

Motorists wait in line as they pass through a checkpoint at the border of Cainta and Marikina on the first day of MECQ in Metro Manila. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Motorcycle riders fall in line at a checkpoint at the boundary between Cainta and Marikina. Marikina is under MECQ, while Cainta is under a more relaxed GCQ. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Cyclists wearing face masks bike along Manila under a modified quarantine. While public transportation is still prohibited under the new setup, the use of private vehicles, including bicycles, are allowed for returning workers. Mores Heramis, ABS-CBN News

A man buys from a liquor store in Quezon City after the local government lifted the liquor ban. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Traffic builds up on both sides of the North Luzon Expressway before the Balintawak tollway in Caloocan City on Saturday, the first day of MECQ in Metro Manila. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Quezon City allows for the sale of alcoholic drinks between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A maintenance worker installs a social distancing marker as malls in Metro Manila are allowed to partially operate on Saturday. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

Strict guidelines such as social distancing and wearing of face masks are in place for the reopening of malls in the metro. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

Surfaces frequently touched by mall-goers are constantly cleaned as part of anti-coronavirus measures. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

A security guard checks the temperature of mall goers before being allowed to enter. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

People following social distancing guidelines fall in line outside a mall in Mandaluyong as it reopens on the first day of MECQ. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Street food vendors in Quezon City are allowed to operate in the city under MECQ provided that guidelines are strictly followed. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Traffic builds up along EDSA on Saturday as Metro Manila is put under MECQ. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A carwash resumes services for its clients in Quezon City on Saturday. Motor vehicle repair and services are now allowed under MECQ. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

An electronic billboard reminds motorists along EDSA to travel only when necessary as a precaution against COVID-19. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News