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MM, Bulacan under loose GCQ until June 30

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Portions of National Capital Region Plus—Metro Manila and Bulacan—have been placed under general community quarantine with even looser constraints for the second half of the month, while the rest—Laguna, Cavite and Rizal—remains under the same classification but “with heightened restrictions.”


For the first time, NCR Plus’ component areas have different quarantine statuses.


Under GCQ as well for the remainder of June are the following areas: Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Benguet, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Batangas, Quezon, Iligan City, Davao del Norte, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City.


Meanwhile, under modified enhanced community quarantine are Santiago City, Cagayan, Apayao, Ifugao, Lucena City, Bataan, Puerto Princesa, Naga City, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, and Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands.


All other regions of the country are under modified GCQ, the most relaxed quarantine status.


NCR Plus was subjected to GCQ with restrictions last June 1. The difference between this quarantine variant and the “ordinary” one was that the former did not yet allow indoor gyms to operate. Some businesses such as personal care services, restaurants and outdoor tourist venues were limited to a smaller number of allowed guests compared to what was allowed under normal GCQ.


Prior to the June 1 reclassification, NCR Plus was placed under a stricter version of GCQ last May 15. This “heightened restrictions” version allowed only people between the ages of 18 and 65 to leave their homes; essential travel inside and outside of NCR Plus; 20% capacity for dine-in restaurants and 50% capacity for al fresco dining; 30% capacity for outdoor tourist destinations; 10% capacity for religious gatherings such as funerals, wakes, inurnments and necrological services; outdoor non-contact sports; and 30% capacity for personal care services that do not require the removal of protective gear.


Since mid-April, the recorded Covid19 infections stayed just under the 10,000 mark. However, some days saw new daily cases go past 8,000.


Health secretary Francisco Duque III noted that new cases in Metro Manila and Luzon were plateauing while cases in Visayas and Mindanao have been increasing.


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