Tagaytay and Batangas entered their last week of modified enhanced community quarantine. Both provinces are continuously implementing strict health and safety protocols to keep their residents safe from COVID-19 both at home and outside. Meanwhile, a community pantry reached Batangas last April 19 to help families in need get by.
Tagaytay and Batangas on last week of MECQ
After being shifted from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) last April 12, 2021, Tagaytay and Batangas are now on their last week of MECQ. Of the different types of quarantine, the MECQ is the second strictest level. Under this quarantine status, movements are still restricted and people are only allowed to go out for essentials such as groceries and work in permitted industries. Medical consultations and other-health related travels are authorized as well.
In line with health protocols, minimum public safety health standards including wearing of face masks and shields, regular hand sanitizing, and social distancing must still be observed. Curfew hours in Tagaytay are from 8:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Those below 18 years old, over 65 years old, and with comorbidities are required to stay at home. Only accommodation establishments accredited by the Department of Health are permitted to accommodate guests for legitimate purposes. Condominium owners are also discouraged from traveling to their units.
For al fresco dining restaurants, tables must have acrylic dividers and observe a diagonal seating set up. Delivery and take-out services are allowed. Events places, amusement parks, and tourist attractions will also remain closed until April 30 in accordance with the safety protocols. Religious gatherings are limited to 10% of the total capacity of the venues. 
Health News: Community pantry set up in Batangas
The St. Francis Minor Seminary in Lipa, Batangas set up a community pantry inspired by the one in Maginhawa, Quezon City. The pantry, located in front of Jesus Is Lord Church, began its operations last Monday, April 19, 2021. Priests and various members of the church donated goods including rice packs, hygiene kits, vegetables, and canned goods that residents in need can get free of charge.
St. Francis Minor Seminary teacher Ruby de Castro said that the goods were all distributed and consumed by the residents because they badly needed it. If this means that a family can get by at least one meal a day through the community pantry, the church is happy to be of help. Community pantries all over the country have sprouted ever since the project started in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City by Ana Patricia Non. 
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