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NCR Plus eases to GCQ ‘with heightened restrictions’ from May 15-31

MANILA, Philippines — The so-called NCR Plus comprising Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna will be downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 15 until May 30,

5/14/2021 12:01:00 AM

ICYMI : The so-called NCR Plus comprising Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna will be downgraded to general community quarantine starting May 15 until May 30, Malacañang announced on Thursday night.

MANILA, Philippines — The so-called NCR Plus comprising Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna will be downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 15 until May 30,

Lanao del SurMeanwhile, Santiago City in Quirino province, Ifugao province, and Zamboanga City will remain under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until the end of the month.All other areas will be under the most lenient modified GCQ until May 31.

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GCQ ‘with heightened restrictions’In NCR Plus where there are heightened restrictions, Roque said movement is limited to essential travel and that public transportation will remain operational.Indoor dine-in services in NCR Plus will be allowed at 20 percent venue or seating capacity while outdoor or al fresco dining will be allowed at 50 percent capacity.

Roque said outdoor tourist attractions can reopen, but only at 30 percent capacity and provided there is strict adherence to minimum public health standards.Moreover, personal care services that do not require removal of face masks like salons, parlors, and beauty clinics can operate at 30 percent capacity. headtopics.com

However, still barred from reopening under GCQ with heightened restrictions are establishments involved in leisure, such as:entertainment venues, such as bars, concert halls, theaters, etc;recreational venues, such as internet cafes, billiards halls, arcades, etc;

amusement parks, fairs, playgrounds, kiddie rides;indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attractions;venues for meetings, conferences, exhibitionsReligious gatherings, necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 in NCR Plus are allowed only at 10% of the venue capacity.

Roque said individuals aged 18 to 65 are allowed to leave their places of residence in GCQ areas with heightened restrictions.The NCR Plus already underwent a two-week enhanced community quarantine from March 29 until April 11 following a surge in new COVID-19 cases.

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