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LOOK: Our ‘new normal,’ more than 100 days in quarantine

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Traffic builds seen along northbound EDSA on the Guadalupe Bridge after travel restrictions were eased under GCQ. Photo by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — More than 100 days into community quarantine and it seems like Metro Manila is back on its feet. Precautions against the virus are apparent, with people mandated to masks and protective barriers are up in business establishments and transportation network vehicle services (TNVS). But apart from that, it looks like everything is business as usual.

On June 22, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board opened 15 routes around Metro Manila for modern jeepneys, with more routes added as the week progressed.

Dine-in services of food establishments in Metro Manila and other areas under general community quarantine have also partially resumed since June 15, as per the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Meanwhile, restaurants in areas under modified GCQ have also been allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity.

While a great part of the country seems to have eased back into its regular operations, with necessary observance to social distancing procedures, the pandemic may just be far from being contained. On June 21, the country has breached the 30,000-mark in recorded positive cases of COVID-19. Two days following this report, the Department of Health announced the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases, with a total of 1,150 new infections — 789 of which were reported as “fresh” cases. Central Visayas still holds the highest number of new cases. The region includes Cebu City, which has re-implemented the enhanced community quarantine set to last until the end of the month. As per this record, Metro Manila has the second largest number of new infections.

Plans on how the country will proceed for the next month — and whether the community quarantine will come to an end — are still pending.

Here are some snapshots around Metro Manila more than 100 days into community quarantine.

Select bus lines in Metro Manila are once again operational with limited capacity. Photo by JL JAVIER

In Las Piñas City, e-jeepneys have been allowed to operate through the MECQ. Photo by JL JAVIER

At a mall in Makati City, wayfinders and marks have been placed on the floor to enforce social distancing. Photo by JL JAVIER

Diners seated at a food court in Makati City. Photo by JL JAVIER

Northbound EDSA traffic near Ortigas mid-afternoon before rush hour. Photo by JL JAVIER

Security at the EDSA-Shaw MRT station oversee commuter queues. Photo by JL JAVIER

Commuters in line for the northbound MRT train follow social distancing marks on the platform. Photo by JL JAVIER

Inside the MRT, passengers are only allowed to stay in specific seats or spots to maintain social distancing. Photo by JL JAVIER

People looking to ride the MRT face long lines before entering the EDSA-Shaw Station, as trains are also at limited capacity in observance of distancing measures. Photo by JL JAVIER

Small businesses are now also allowed to resume operations under MECQ. Photo by JL JAVIER

Protective barriers are seen installed in food establishments. Photo by JL JAVIER

A busy sidewalk in Manila bustling with masked pedestrians. Photo by JL JAVIER

Precautions against the virus are apparent, with people mandated to wear masks. Photo by JL JAVIER