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GUIDELINES UNDER A STRICTER GCQ

To stop the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, the National Task Force implemented a stricter General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the whole Metro Manila and a number of provinces in Luzon and Visayas effective August 19, 2020 until August 31, 2020.

Areas under strict implementation of GCQ

  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Batangas
  • Iloilo
  • Cebu, particularly Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Municipalities of Minglanilla and Consolacion

Gatherings

  • Mass gatherings (including religious activities) must only be limited to 10 persons.

Health Protocols

  • Face shields and face masks are required in commercial places, workplaces (indoor) and public transport.

Establishments

  • Establishments offering personal care and aesthetic services (not including salons and barbershops), gyms/fitness studios and sports facilities, testing and tutorial centers, review centers, internet cafes, drive-in cinemas, pet grooming services remains suspended amidst the implementation of GCQ.
  • Dine-in restaurants, salons and barbershops (and all related services) are allowed except full body massages. The allowable capacity of these establishments will depend on the Local Government Units (LGUs) where the establishments are located.
  • Meanwhile, the City of Manila Mayor issued Executive Order No. 35 stating that restaurants are allowed an operational capacity of thirty percent (30%) but adhering to the minimum public health standards at all times. The restaurants may also be allowed to operate beyond the curfew hours but shall only cater those APOR as provided under Manila City Ordinance.
  • Take-out and food delivery services in the City of Manila is also allowed on 24-hr basis.

Curfew

  • Unified curfew hours from 8:00PM-5:00AM will be strictly implemented.

Quarantine Pass

  • Quarantine Pass enforcements would depend on the Local Chief Executives’ discretion.
  • Quezon City requires presentation of quarantine pass or company ID when entering commercial buildings, markets and shopping centers as proof of non-leisure reasons for being outside of homes.

Transportation

  • Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) in Quezon City should follow strict health protocols implementation
  1. Installation of seat markers for social distancing
  2. Wearing of face mask and face shields for both drivers and passengers and enforcing “No Mask No Entry” policy in the PUV
  3. Regular disinfection and sanitation of the vehicle
  4. Opening of windows to at least 3 inches for the vehicles ventilation and to prevent recirculation of old air.
  • PUV drivers in Quezon City are encourage to undergo health screening at any health centers to ensure that they are fit to work.
  • Limited Utility Vehicles Operation:
  1. Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) shall be allowed at 50% passenger capacity for specific routes, as determined by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
  2. Authorized UV Express routes as determined by LTFRB, may be allowed to two (2) passengers per row.
  3. Authorized Public Utility Bus (PUB) routes, as determined by LTFRB may be allowed to 50% passenger capacity.
  4. Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) and Taxis may operate provided that they are capable of contactless transactions.
  5. Tricycles, pedicabs and e-trikes may be allowed to only 1 passenger per vehicle
  6. For motorcycle backriding under the new GCQ guidelines: Backriding is allowed as long as the rider and the passenger share the same address. The backrider also must be an Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR). They need to present identification cards with the same address. If they can’t provide IDs, they can ask for a barangay’s certification proving that they live in the same roof. They’re also not required to wear the motorcycle barriers. Motorcycles must be privately owned and not for hire. Both riders should have helmet and facemask.

Sources:

  • Office of the Presidential Spokesperson

https://pcoo.gov.ph/OPS-content/on-transition-protocols-under-gcq-in-metro-manila-and-nearby-provinces/?fbclid=IwAR0Gf1xFELnnF13JVVpXjcj1eKgzXCvpYyGGOYFf7whZ9BsU1r83W1Ocavw

  • Philippine News Agency

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1112736?fbclid=IwAR2wVuOXDuRZfhPH0ylH3jQJFVaT-WRX3ibyQVOpk39Hvqg5wowCbAz95vI

  • Quezon City Office of the Mayor

https://quezoncity.gov.ph/images/pdf/mc/Updated_Comprehensive_GCQ_Guidelines.pdf

 

Compiled by: Abapo, J. et al. 
PFA Secretariat
 
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