QCQ in Metro Manila extended; stricter rules up in Davao City

PASSENGERS being checked for COVID-19

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte  extended anew the general community quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus with Laguna and Cavite still under “heightened restrictions” until July 15.

 This as the country recorded 5,604 new COVID-19 infections, raising the country’s total to more than 1.4 million, according to the Department of Health (DOH). Of the 1,403,588 total recorded cases, 52,029 or 3.7 percent are active.

Eighty-four additional fatalities were also reported, raising the death toll to 24,456.

There were 6,154 who recently recuperated from the disease, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,327,103.

In his pre-recorded Talk to the People, Duterte said GCQ will also continue to be imposed in Metro Manila, Rizal, and Bulacan “with some restrictions” until July 15 while Davao City and other areas were placed under stricter quarantine rules until July 31.

This as the Philippines has already administered about 10,065,414 doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of June 29.

Aside from NCR Plus, Ifugao province, City of Santiago, Guimaras, Aklan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Antique, Capiz, Zamboanga Sibugay, City of Zamboanga, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur will also be placed under GCQ in the next 15 days beginning July 1.

The GCQ will be imposed in Baguio City, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Batangas, Quezon, Ilagan City, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Cotabato, South Cotabato, and Cotabato City until July 31.

Meanwhile, Duterte also placed Cagayan, Apayao, Bataan, Lucena City, Puerto Princesa, Naga City, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Butuan City, Dumagat Islands, and Surigao del Sur under stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from July 1 to 31.

Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte are also under MECQ but only up to July 15.

The rest of the country will be placed under modified GCQ.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said gyms/fitness centers at 40 percent capacity and other indoor sports courts at 50 percent capacity will be allowed in Metro Manila, Rizal and Bulacan but not in other areas of NCR Plus like Laguna and Cavite.

He said 40 percent capacity for historical sites and museums will also be allowed in the NCR Plus areas except in Laguna and Cavite.

The non-contact sports are allowed in GCQ and MGCQ areas while individual outdoor exercises are allowed within the general areas of their residence in MECQ places.

Roque said outdoor dining (Al fresco) with 50 percent capacity will be allowed in GCQ and MGCQ but not in MECQ areas.

He added that indoor sports courts and venues as well as indoor tourist attractions can operate up to 50 percent capacity GCQ areas but should be closed in MECQ places as well as in Laguna and Cavite.

Duterte reminded the public to strictly observe social distancing as well as the wearing of face masks and face shields outside their homes to prevent the spread of Covid-19 particularly the more infectious Delta variants.