Basic do's and don'ts in MECQ and different stages of GCQ

Published June 14, 2021, 11:36 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

As many areas in the country move to different or new quarantine classifications for the second half of June, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque enumerated the basic do’s and don’ts for areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and the three different stages of general community quarantine (GCQ).

A restaurant staff cleans a table after the IATF allowed indoor dining in NCR at limited capacity on April 30, 2021 (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin)

For the 21 areas under the MECQ, Roque said al-fresco or outdoor dining is allowed up to 50 percent of the venue capacity while only 10 percent is allowed for indoor dining.

Outdoor sports, courts, and venues are allowed up to 50 percent while personal care establishments like barbershops, salons, and nail spas can operate up to 30 percent of the venue capacity.

Religious activities are allowed up to 10 percent of the venue’s capacity only.

Contact sports; indoor sports; tourist attractions; and venues for meetings, conferences, incentives, and exhibitions are not allowed under MECQ.

The following areas are under MECQ until the end of the month:

  • City of Santiago, Isabela
  • Cagayan
  • Apayao
  • Ifugao
  • Bataan
  • Lucena City
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Naga City
  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga City
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Butuan City
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Sur

Normal GCQ

For areas under the normal GCQ, indoor dining; indoor and outdoor sports; personal care establishments; indoor and outdoor tourism; and venues for meetings, conferences, incentives, and exhibitions are all allowed up to 50 percent of their capacity.

Religious activities can accommodate participants up to 30 percent of its venue capacity but local government units (LGUs) are allowed to raise it to 50 percent.

The following areas are under the normal GCQ until June 30:

  • Baguio City
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Abra
  • Benguet
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Batangas
  • Quezon
  • Iligan City
  • Davao del Norte
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Cotabato City

GCQ with some restrictions

For Metro Manila and Bulacan, the two areas under GCQ with “some restrictions,” both indoor dining and gyms are allowed to operate at 30 percent venue capacity. Roque said they can accommodate up to 40 percent if they have the safety seal certification from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

GCQ with heightened restrictions

For GCQ with heightened restrictions, indoor dining is allowed at 30 percent venue capacity.

Religious gatherings are allowed at 30 percent capacity but LGUs can allow up to 50 percent.

Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are under GCQ with heightened restrictions until the need of the month.