On May 28, President Rodrido Duterte announced that Metro Manila and other regions would be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.

In a public address, the president said, “You know, the NCR (National Capital Region) will now be placed under the general community quarantine or the GCQ starting June 1. Davao City will remain GCQ.” Other areas to undergo or remain under GCQ are the following:

  • Region II
  • Region III
  • Region IV-A
  • Pangasinan
  • Albay

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will be placed under modified GCQ.

What is General Community Quarantine (GCQ)?

It is a form of quarantine with lighter measures than the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Under GCQ, people who are considered “Transmitters (e.g. persons aged -20)” and “Vulnerable (e.g. people 60 years old and above) are still not allowed to go out, except for when they need to obtain essential items or go to work for industries allowed under GCQ.

Movement of all persons under GCQ will be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in offices and industries allowed to operate.

In GCQ, public transportation will resume but at a reduced capacity, and there will be enforcement of health protocols. Private vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles will be allowed.

Select businesses will be permitted to operate at 50 to 100 percent of their regular capacity. Shopping malls will be allowed to operate. Below is a list of stalls and establishments within malls and commercial centers that can resume operation.

  • hardware stores
  • clothing and accessory stores
  • barbershops, salon, spas, and other personal care industries
  • restaurants for take-out and delivery only

Establishments in malls that are not considered essential will not be permitted to reopen. These will include:

  • gyms, fitness studios, sports facilities
  • bars, pubs
  • sports-related mass gatherings like trainings, games, tournaments
  • theaters, cinemas
  • libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural activities
  • religious gatherings
  • travel agency, tour operator, reservation service, and related activities
  • work-related gatherings
  • trade shows, conferences, conventions, workshops, retreats
  • election rallies, polling centers, parades, speeches

Higher educational institutions will be allowed to finish the school year. A skeletal workforce will be provided to process students’ requirements and prepare for graduation and for next semester. All other schools are not allowed to open, but they can start switching to online classes subject to the Department of Education guidelines.

Are you in favor of the government’s decision to place Metro Manila under GCQ?

 

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