LIST: Businesses allowed to reopen by May 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) — The government's COVID-19 task force finalized the list of industries which will be reopened by Friday, May 1, as authorities seek to soften economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said in a Thursday media briefing that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the proposal of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to reopen specific sectors, depending on their location.

READ: Gov’t finalizes rules for areas under enhanced, general community quarantine

More services like dental clinics and laundromats will be allowed in Metro Manila and other locations still under enhanced community quarantine, while barber shop and spa services are allowed to resume in provinces under general community quarantine, which takes effect May 1 to 15.

Select construction activities as well as limited operations of media and other private businesses will be allowed even under ECQ areas. This includes the rail replacement works for the Metro Rail Transit 3, which stopped since the Luzon-wide quarantine was imposed mid-March.

READ: Religious gatherings banned again in GCQ areas

The IATF's general rules limit the movement of residents aged below 21 or 60 and older as authorities hope to limit interactions and potential infections among the sick and aged, who are deemed more vulnerable to the disease. However, exceptions are allowed if the senior citizens are “indispensable” for the purchase of essential goods or for bank transactions, he added.

Here’s the list which was first released by Malacañang on Tuesday and updated Thursday, following the IATF’s meeting with the President:

Sectors allowed in areas under enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine:

- Agriculture: agriculture and fisheries sector and its entire value chain, including manufacturing of feeds, fertilizers and pesticides

- Manufacturing and processing plants and the entire value chain (raw materials, inputs, and packaging) of basic good products, essential products, medicine and medical supplies: all food (50 percent capacity); soap, detergents, shampoo, conditioners, diapers, feminine hygiene products, tissue, wipes, toilet papers, disinfectants; medicines and vitamins; PPEs, masks, gloves, others (full capacity); pet food

- Hospitals and medical clinics

- Dental and EENT (eye, ear, nose, throat) clinics with strict health standards

- Retail establishments: groceries, supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, public markets, pharmacies, drug stores

- Food preparations and water refilling stations

- Logistics service providers: cargo handling, warehousing, trucking, freight forwarding, and shipping lines

- Delivery services whether or not e-commerce platforms: in-house or outsourced, transporting only food, water, medicine, pet food, hardware products, or other basic necessities; and for other products such as clothing and accessories, houseware and office supplies; veterinary products

- Banks and capital markets

- Power, energy water, IT and telecommunications supplies and facilities, waste disposal services, property management and building utility services; technical services to these utilities

- Airline and aircraft maintenance employees, pilots, crew; ship captains and crew

- Media (50% capacity)

- Construction workers accredited by DPWH for facilities for quarantine and the health sector; emergency works, flood control, disaster risk reduction

- Manufacturing companies and suppliers of construction equipment

- Workers for relocation, limited works on select railway projects including MRT-3, as accredited by the Department of Transportation

- Employees of Philippine Postal Corporation 

- Data gathering, survey activities of the Philippine Statistics Authority for COVID-19, national ID registration

- Funeral and embalming services

- Humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society, NGOs, relief operations

- Pastors, priests, imams from religious sects for necrological, funeral rites

- Security personnel

- Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

- Postal and courier services

- Water collection, treatment and supply

- Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities, except materials recovery (junk shops)

- Sewerage, except emptying of septic tanks

- Veterinary clinics

- Repair and installation of machinery and equipment

- Repair of computers and personal and household goods

- Services to buildings and landscape activities, except landscape care

- Employment activities, manpower services for essential activities

- Security and investigation activities

- Programming and broadcasting activities

- Rental and leasing, except for entertainment or mass gathering purposes

- Accommodation: buildings used as quarantine facilities for returning overseas Filipinos, and for temporary accommodation of workers in essential industries like healthcare facilities, banks, BPOs, exporters, and other frontline service sectors

- Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas

- Gasoline stations

- Laundry shops, including self-service machines

- Funeral services

- Export companies with temporary accommodation and shuttle services for on-site workers or work-from-home arrangements

- Business process outsourcing companies with temporary accommodation and shuttle services for on-site workers or work-from-home arrangements

- Mining and quarrying

- Transit of permitted persons to and from allowed establishments

Sectors to be allowed only in areas under general community quarantine:

- Food manufacturing and supply chain (full capacity)

- Other manufacturing activities involving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; cement and steel; electrical machinery; wood products; furniture; non-metallic products; textiles or wearing apparels; tobacco products; paper and paper products; rubber and plastic products; coke and refined petroleum products; other non-metallic mineral products; computer, electronic and optical products; electrical equipment; machinery and equipment; motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers; other transport equipment; and others

- Malls and commercial centers: hardware stores, clothing and accessories, and non-leisure stores

- Barbershops, salon, spas, and other personal care industries with strict health standards

- Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

- Essential public and private construction and "Build, Build, Build"

- Forestry and logging

- Publishing activities

- Motion picture, video and television program production, sound recording and music publishing activities

- Media (full capacity)

- Advertising and market research

- Real estate activities, except buying and selling

- Office administrative, office support, and other business activities

- Legal and accounting

- Insurance, reinsurance, and pension funding, except compulsory social security

- Architecture and engineering activities, technical testing and analysis

- Scientific and research development

- Other professional, scientific and technical activities

- Social work activities without accommodation

- Government frontline offices: (full capacity)

-Public transportation (reduced capacity)

-Hotels for areas outside Luzon for existing bookings for foreigners or those with long-term bookings; stranded passengers; distressed OFWs; healthcare workers

Sectors to remain closed in all areas:

- Gyms, fitness studios and sports facilities

- Entertainment-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: theaters, cinemas, large concerts, festivals, carnivals, conventions, shows, pubs, bars

- Business-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: trade shows, conferences, conventions, workshops, retreats

- Politically-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: election rallies, polling centers, parades, speeches, addresses

- Sports-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to: trainings, games, tournaments, championships

- Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural activities

- Gambling and betting activities

- Travel agency, tour operator, reservation service and related activities

- Activities of membership organizations

- Physical classes, but flexible learning arrangements allowed