Metro Manila mayors are eyeing to keep general community quarantine (GCQ) status until December 31, with the caveat that business, travel and curfew restrictions are relaxed.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jojo Garcia said that the Inter-Agency Task Force had discussed this with all 17 city mayors. He added that trade and industry secretary Ramon Lopez had agreed that an eased GCQ would be the safest bet to help the economy get back on its feet.
The megacity’s local chiefs reasoned that a gradual increase in establishments’ capacity is more prudent than shifting to a modified GCQ (MGCQ) where capacity would be at 100%.
Metro Manila has been under lockdown since March and has remained in GCQ since June.
Currently, the Metro Manila Council has still not allowed cinemas, concerts and Christmas parties or gatherings to take place.