Beginning June, Metro Manila will be transitioning to GCQ
By next month, public transport will be operating at a limited capacity and localized quarantines will be implemented
May 28, 2020
On May 28, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the National Capital Region will be placed under general community quarantine. This is in line with the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Metro Manila’s mayors.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the Filipino people after presiding over a meeting with several Cabinet Secretaries on COVID-19 concerns at the Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 28, 2020.The President announces new quarantine measures to take place after May 31, 2020 as the country braces for the new normal. He also provides new directives on the opening of classes in August 2020 and different modes of learning to explore through blended and distance learning, as well as assistance to the repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and local businesses affected by the pandemic.President Duterte reiterates the government strict quarantine protocols and urges everyone to follow minimum health standards such as social distancing, frequent washing of hands, wearing of face masks and practicing proper hygiene. #HealAsOne#2020DuterteVision#DuterteLegacy#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChange
Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Thursday, May 28, 2020
The region, which is seen as a “high-to-moderate-risk area,” will be placed under GCQ from Jun. 1 to Jun. 15. Here are some of the guidelines that apply:
To prevent the further spread of the virus, a zoning scheme will be implemented by the National Task Force on COVID-19. Under this scheme, barangays and streets with a high number of cases will still be placed under lockdown.
These localized lockdowns will enable more sectors to reopen during the GCQ, in an effort to revive the country’s economy amid the pandemic.
Limited public transport
Public transportation will also be allowed to resume operations in reduced capacity. To reinforce social distancing measures, trains, buses, shuttle services and point-to-point buses will have limited passenger loads.
Bus and jeepney operations are still suspended, as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has yet to finalize rerouting plans.
Aside from limited passenger loads, safety guidelines such as the mandatory use of face masks and gloves for drivers, as well as thorough disinfection of vehicles and terminals will be implemented.
Less restrictions on movement
Public movement will be less restricted, as residents between the ages of 21 to 59 will now be allowed to leave their households. Children under 21 years of age, senior citizens and people with pre-existing health risks will still be required to stay home.
Although more people will be allowed to go out during GCQ, movement is still limited to availing essential services or going to work. Mass gatherings, whether work or church-related, remain barred during this quarantine.
Header image by Grig C. Montegrande for Philippine Daily Inquirer
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