Bulacan indoor sports and tourist attractions still not allowed to operate under extended GCQ

Published June 2, 2021, 1:39 PM

by Freddie Velez

Governor Daniel R. Fernando urged his constituents to work together in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases extended the General Community Quarantine with heightened restrictions in the National Capital Region Plus and other areas including the province of Bulacan from June 1-15.

Governor Daniel R. Fernando (Daniel R. Fernando Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Fernando said indoor sports courts and tourist attractions including recreational venues, amusement parks, perya, and entertainment venues with live performances like karaoke bars, concert halls, theaters, and cinemas in the province are still not allowed to operate.

He said food preparations of restaurants and eateries may operate with dine-in services at 30 percent seating capacities,and 50 percent for al fresco or outdoor dine-in services.

Personal care services such as beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbers shops, medical and aesthetic clinics, and nail spas may operate up to 40 percent of their seating capacity. These establishments are mandated to accommodate only those who are wearing face masks and shields at all times.

Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) events in several establishments shall be allowed to resume up to 30 percent of the venue’s capacity, while social events in the same establishments shall be allowed up to 10 percent capacity.

Fernando said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) shall issue interim guidelines for MICE and social events in eligible venue establishments. The outdoor tourist attractions accredited by the DOT shall remain allowed at 30 percent venue capacity with strict adherence to minimum public health standards and restrictions imposed by IATF Resolution No. 117, Series of 2021, and DOT Advisory No. 6, Series of 2021. The specialized markets of the DOT are allowed to operate with the strict implementation of the minimum public health standards.

Under the Safety Seal Certification program, business establishments awarded with Safety Seal Certification shall be allowed to operate an additional 10 percentage points beyond the prescribed on-site capacity or venue seating capacity, whichever is applicable. The curfew hours implemented in Bulacan start from 8:pm to 5 am.

Religious gatherings shall remain at up to 30 percent of the venue capacity, provided that the city/municipal local government units will allow venue capacity of up to 50 percent. The religious denominations should strictly observe their submitted protocols and the minimum public health standards.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, and interment funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 shall be allowed provided that the same shall be limited to family members, upon satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased and with full compliance with the prescribed minimum public health standards for the duration of the activity and other provisions of Executive Order Nos. 19 and 20, Series of 2021, on the implementation of the GCQ. in the province of Bulacan.