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    NCR granular lockdown deferred, MECQ extended until September 15

    MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) deferred the pilot implementation of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with Alert Levels System or granular lockdown in the National Capital Region (NCR).

    "Metro Manila’s current risk classification as Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) shall be maintained until September 15, 2021, or until the pilot GCQ with Alert Level System is implemented, whichever comes first," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

    NCR granular lockdown deferred, MECQ extended

    Roque added that indoor and al-fresco dine-in services, and personal care services including beauty salons, beauty parlors and nail spas shall remain prohibited.

    Religious services, on the other hand, performed through online video recording and transmission shall be allowed.

    Meanwhile, immediate family members are allowed to attend necrological services, wakes, inurnment and funerals as long as the deceased died of non-COVID-19 causes. However, they need to show satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased and have to comply with the minimum public health standards.

    — The Summit Express

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