The National Capital Region Plus (NCR+) bubble–consisting of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Riza and Laguna–has been downgraded to general community quarantine. However, the reclassification comes with “heightened restrictions.”
Allowed activities include: essential travel outside the bubble; public transportation at certain capacities as prescribed by the Department of Transportation; indoor dining at 20% capacity; alfresco or outdoor dining at 50% capacity; operation of tourist attractions at 30% capacity; and religious gatherings including necrological services, funerals and wakes for persons whose cause of death was NOT Covid19 at 10% capacity.
Also permitted at a limited capacity are the following: personal care services which do not require removal of masks such as salons and beauty clinics, at 30%; and non-contact sports that are held outdoors.
The so-called “heightened restrictions” include: operation of entertainment and leisure centers (cinemas, bars, concert halls); recreational venues (internet cafes, arcades, playgrounds, indoor sports courts, indoor tourist attractions); and venues for meetings, conferences and exhibitions.
Also not allowed under this GCQ is interzonal travel from NCR+ areas unless the traveler is an authorized person outside of residence.
Whereas under the previous quarantine status, those below 18 years old and above 65 were disallowed from leaving their homes, they may now do so.
Meanwhile, other parts of the country were subjected to modified enhanced community quarantine: Santiago City, Zamboanga City, and Quirino and Ifugao provinces.
Under regular GCQ are: Cordillera Administrative Region (Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra); Cagayan Valley (Cagayan province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya); Calabarzon (Batangas, Quezon); Puerto Princesa City; Iligan City; and Davao City.
All other areas in the nation are under modified GCQ, the most lenient quarantine classification.
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