President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday night, May 31, that Cavite and the other areas included in the NCR Plus bubble will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ).
While Duterte initially said that the quarantine classification will last for the whole month of June, ABS-CBN News and Inquirer, among others, reported that NCR Plus would only be under GCQ until June 15, according to a clarificatory message from presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
The areas within NCR Plus have been under GCQ, the second most relaxed quarantine classification, since May 15 to 31.
Aside from the ‘NCR Plus’ areas, Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Batangas, Quezon, Iligan City, Davao City, Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City will also be placed under GCQ.
Moreover, Santiago City in Cagayan, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Puerto Princesa,Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Butuan City, Agusan del Sur will be put under modified enhanced community quarantine from June 1-15.
The rest of the Philippines, meanwhile, will be under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the most lenient measure.
The country has so far recorded 1,155,045 COVID-19 cases with, 54,290 active cases, 20,966 deaths and 1,230,301 recoveries.
GCQ vs. GCQ with restrictions
The GCQ ‘with restrictions’ now is different from the previous GCQ. Here are the updated government guidelines:
•18 to 65-year-old persons can leave their homes
•Only essential travel in and out of NCR Plus is allowed. Interzonal travel subject to destination LGU restrictions
•30% capacity for indoor dine-in in restaurants, 50% capacity for outdoor or al fresco dine-in dine-in
•30% capacity for outdoor tourist sites
•30% capacity for religious gatherings, gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals; LGUs can increase up to 50%
•Outdoor non-contact sports, games, scrimmages are allowed
•40% capacity for personal care services which do not require the removal of masks, like salons, parlors, and beauty clinics.