ECQ extended, GCQ implemented

President Rodrigo Duterte on April 23 has extended ECQ in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and all other high risk provinces in Luzon until May 15. GCQ was recommended for all other moderate- risk and low–risk administrative regions, provinces, or areas starting May 1.

On April 23, during the 28th Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Meeting, President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved the recommendations of the IATF under Resolution No. 28.

The primary recommendation of the IATF is to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the following high-risk administrative regions, provinces, or areas until May 15, 2020. Areas that are under the extended ECQ are the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 3 (Central Luzon), Region IV-A (CALABARZON), provinces of Pangasinan, Benguet, Mindoro, Albay, and the Island of Catanduanes, including Panay, Cebu, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao City.

The implementation of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) was recommended for all other moderate- risk and low–risk administrative regions, provinces, or areas starting May 1, 2020.

In the resolution, the implementation of any form of community quarantine shall be in accordance with approved minimum health standards which shall be defined by the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with sector- specific guidelines which may be issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), among others.

Communities under GCQ may reopen certain areas in their labor sectors, which will be done in phases. Under GCQ, persons below 21 years old and 60 years old and above including pregnant women are not allowed to go out of their houses except when obtaining essential goods and services. Non-leisure stores in malls and shopping centers may partially open. Public transport will be allowed to operate at reduced capacity. Local government units (LGUs) were mandated to enforce night-time curfew for non-workers. Priority and essential construction projects may resume in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by the DPWH. Travel to and from airports and seaports  will also be allowed following specific guidelines.

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