Which stores are open during quarantine? This website will tell you

Updated Mar 30, 2020 | Same topic: COVID-19 Updates

Here’s a helpful website that tells you which establishments are open during the enhanced community quarantine.

Due to the spread of the COVID-19, the Philippine government has enacted the enhanced community quarantine all over the island of Luzon. There are also local community quarantines all over the country enacted by provincial local government units. As such, movement is severely limited.

This makes time as precious as food especially for those directly fighting against the novel coronavirus threat.  

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Just remember the last time you went out for groceries. There are now long lines just to enter a supermarket, and the lines leading up to the cashiers aren’t getting any shorter.

Coupled with that is the sad fact that many Filipinos are forced to walk to and from these establishments.

But you know what sucks more? Walking for several kilometers only to find out that the business establishment you’re heading to is closed.

So, is there a better way of knowing whether a supermarket or any other business establishment is open or not? Well, there is now.

A picture of the Bukas Ba? website logo

Bukas Ba? Literally means: "Is it open?"

Bukasba.com: It tells you which businesses are “bukas”

While it doesn’t actually show exact opening hours, bukasba.com, which is derived from the Tagalog language sentence meaning “is it open?” is a map tool that shows you which establishments are open within your community.

A picture of the bukasba.com interface

bukasba.com uses an easy to read and easy to use interface

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How do I use it?

Here are some simple steps on how to use bukasba.com:

  1. The establishments shown on the map are open for business
  2. If you see an establishment closed – as in, you see it yourself in the flesh – open the website and tag it as closed.
  3. If you know of open establishments that aren’t reflected on the map, you can add them.
  4. Note though that bukasba.com is open sourced so be honest when you mark an establishment is open. Also, only add places that are offering basic goods and services.
Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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