Some quarantine rules will be relaxed, several non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen, and the so-called “new normal” will be in place in the areas deemed to have low to moderate number of COVID-19 cases.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced that several provinces in the country, including some areas in Luzon, will be placed under “general community quarantine” or GCQ when the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine ends on April 30.
Here are the Guidelines on General Community Quarantine:
- Workers under sector one, two, and three can work through work in a phased system
- Children aged 0-20 and elderly aged 60 and above are still urged to stay home
- Mall opening would be allowed except for leisure shops
- Priority and essential construction projects could resume
- Public transportation could resume at reduced capacity
- Local Government Units could impose curfew during the night for non-workers
- Social Amelioration Program budget for these provinces may be reallocated to those who are still under the enhanced community quarantine
- Higher Educational Institutions are allowed to finish and give credentials to students
- 100% closure of schools because virus transmitters are majorly the young people aged 0-20
- Late re-opening of classes on September except for online learning
- 100% closure of leisure facilities such as fitness gym and gaming shops
- Prohibition of tourism and gatherings including religious conferences
The IATF also gave options per industry for areas that could be shifted to GCQ from being under ECQ after evaluation:
- Airports and ports could open but only for transportation of goods only
- 100% opening of agriculture, poultry, and fishery industry as well as the manufacturing and food packaging
- Opening of food retail and restaurants but for delivery and take-out only
- Opening of hospitals, logistics, water, energy, internet, telecommunication, and media offices
- 50% on-site work and 50% work from home operations
- Opening of financial services, BPO, and other non-leisure retail trade and services
President Rodrigo Duterte urged owners of malls, bazaars, and other shopping centers to ensure the health and safety of their workers once the general community quarantine (GCQ) or the “new normal” starts on May 1.
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“Iyong mga tindahan (Those stores), ‘yung mga (those) bazaars, mga malls — big or small — it behooves upon you to see to it that the workers are protected,” Duterte said in a televised public address on Monday night.
He said mall owners should also disinfect their workplaces and provide durable masks for their employees.
“The sanitation of the place must be guaranteed and that the employees are provided with durable and workable masks,” he said.
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As of Monday, the Philippines has a total of 7,777 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 511 deaths, and 932 recoveries.