Colleges and universities will be allowed to reopen on May 4, 2020 only in areas under general community quarantine, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Moreover, higher education institutions will only be allowed to operate using a “skeletal workforce,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said.

Resumption of work in colleges and universities is meant to finish Academic Year 2019-2020 and prepare for flexible study arrangements in the next academic year, he said.

“Now, simula Mayo 4, 2020 po, ang Higher Education Institutions ay pinayagan nang magbalik operasyon na may skeletal force sa mga lugar na hindi sa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine para tapusin ang academic year 2019-2020 at para paghandaan ang flexible learning arrangement sa susunod na pasukan,” he explained.

Roque clarified that classes would not be purely online. “Flexible has a wider meaning compared with online,” he said. (