MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte extended the general community quarantine (GCQ) classification on Monday in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus until July 15, with Laguna and Cavite still under “heightened restrictions.”
GCQ would be enforced in Metro Manila, Rizal, and Bulacan “with some restrictions” until July 15, according to Duterte’s pre-recorded Talk to the People.
Apart 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 would all be placed under GCQ in the next 15 days starting July 1.
The GCQ will be in effect 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 declared Cagayan, Apayao, Bataan, Lucena City, Puerto Princesa, Naga City, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Zambaogan del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Butuan City, Dumagat Islands, and Surigao del Sur to be under stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from July 1 to 31.
MECQ is also imposed in Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte, but only until July 15.
The rest of the country will be placed under modified GCQ.
Gyms/fitness centers with a 40 percent capacity and other indoor sports courts with a 50 percent capacity will be authorized in Metro Manila, Rizal, and Bulacan, but not in other NCR Plus areas like Laguna and Cavite, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
With the exception of Laguna and Cavite, he stated 40 percent capacity for historical sites and museums will be allowed in the NCR Plus areas.
Individual outdoor exercises are allowed within the general areas of their residence in MECQ locations, whereas non-contact sports are allowed in GCQ and MGCQ areas.
Outdoor dining with a 50 percent capacity will be permitted in the GCQ and MGCQ areas, but not in the MECQ, Roque said.
He further said that indoor sports courts and venues, as well as indoor tourist attractions, can function at up to 50 percent capacity in GCQ areas, but should be closed in MECQ locations, as well as in Laguna and Cavite.
To avoid the spread of Covid-19, especially the more contagious Delta variants, Duterte advised the public to carefully observe social distancing as well as the wearing of face masks and face shields outside their residences.