GCQ with heightened restrictions for Abra, Baguio City, Bohol; GCQ for Ilocos Norte

Published September 23, 2021, 10:05 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has announced new risk-level classifications for Abra, Baguio City, Bohol, and Ilocos Norte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Thursday night, Sept. 23.

The Baguio City Hall (Zaldy Comanda/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Specifically, the government’s pandemic task force has escalated protocols in Abra, Baguio City, and Bohol by placing them under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.

Abra and Baguio City were initially under a normal GCQ–the least stringent classification in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic–while Bohol was initially under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Ilocos Norte, on the other hand, shall be de-escalated from a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to a GCQ.

These new risk-level classifications shall take effect starting tomorrow, Sept. 24, 2021, until Sept. 30, 2021.

“For the duration of GCQ with heightened restrictions in Abra, Baguio City, and Bohol, indoor dine-in services may operate at 20 percent venue or seating capacity while al-fresco or outdoor dine-in services at 50 percent venue or seating capacity,” the statement read.

Beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas may operate up to 30 percent venue or seating capacity, it added.

Outdoor tourist attractions, on the other hand, shall be allowed at 30 percent venue capacity with strict adherence to minimum public health standards.

Business establishments with safety seal certifications shall be allowed to operate at an additional 10 percentage points beyond the prescribed on-site capacity or venue/seating capacity, whichever is applicable.

“However, meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions events and social events in venue establishments shall not be allowed. Also not allowed to operate are indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attractions,” the statement read.

As for staycations without age restrictions, they shall be allowed at such capacities, protocols and restrictions, as may be imposed by the Department of Tourism (DOT). Meanwhile, religious gatherings shall be allowed up to 10 percent of the venue capacity. The local government unit (LGU) may increase this allowable venue capacity to 30 percent.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the COVID-19 deceased shall be allowed but limited to immediate family members.

Meanwhile, interzonal travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the LGU of destination. Point-to-point travel to areas under GCQ and MGCQ shall be allowed without age restrictions subject to a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test-before-travel requirement for those below 18 years old and above 65, and other protocols and restrictions as may be imposed by the DOT and the LGU of destination.