General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Regulations

Philippines – IATF

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Regulations as of May 29, 2020

Negros Oriental, Region 7 and other moderate risk areas in the Philippines are placed under General Community Quarantine or GCQ until June 15, 2020. Region 2 (Cagayan Valley); Region 3 (Central Luzon); Region 4-A (Calabarzon); National Capital Region (NCR), including Pateros; Region 7 (Central Visayas); Zamboanga City; Davao City; Cebu City; and Mandaue City are the areas included in the new list of areas under GCQ. Low risk areas will be placed on Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ.

Here are the General Community Quarantine Guidelines under the Omnibus and some changes following IATF Resolution 38. Section (4) Guidelines for Areas Under General Community Quarantine. Areas placed under GCQ shall observe the following protocols:

  1. Minimum public health standards shall be complied with at all times for the duration of the GCQ.
  2. The movement of all persons in areas placed under GCQ shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate hereunder. Provided, that movement for leisure purposes shall not be allowed.
  3. Any person below twenty-one (21) years old, those who are sixty (60) years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, shall be required to remain in their residences at all times, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.
  4. Work in all government offices may be at full operational capacity, or under such alternative work arrangements as agencies may deem proper in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Provided that for offices requiring employees to report physically, commissioned shuttle services as well as point-to-point transport services may be provided.
  5. Accredited diplomatic missions and international organizations may operate at fifty percent (50%) capacity. Alternative work arrangements such as flexible work arrangements, compressed work week, telework, and telecommuting is strongly encouraged.
  6. All permitted establishments and activities under Section 2(4) shall be allowed to operate or be undertaken at full operational capacity: In addition, the following sailors or industries shall be allowed to operate at an operational capacity provided herein.
  1. Limited operations in malls and shopping centers shall be allowed, except for leisure establishments and services which shall continue to be closed. Provided, that establishments and services allowed to operate in malls and shopping centers may only operate at a capacity consistent with Section 2(4) of these Omnibus Guidelines. Provided, further, those ages below twenty-one (21) years old, and those sixty (60) years old and above and those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, may not enter malls and shopping centers, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in establishments located therein. Provided, finally, that such operations must be subject to updated guidelines issued by the DTI.
  2. All public and private construction projects shall be allowed, but with strict compliance to the issued construction safety guidelines for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic by the DPWH.
  3. Amusement, gaming, and fitness establishments, as well as those in the kids and the tourism industries, and all Category IV industries may not operate. Industries in Category IV are reflected on the separate DTI issuance mentioned above.
  4. No hotels or similar establishments shall be allowed to operate, except those accommodating the following:a.For areas outside Luzon, guests who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of 01 May 2020;
    b. Guests who have existing long-term bookings;
    c. Distressed OFWs and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals;
    d. Repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine protocols;
    e. Non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine; and
    f. Healthcare workers and other employees from exempted establishments under these Revised Omnibus Guidelines and applicable Memorandum from the Executive Secretary.

Provided that in all of the foregoing, hotel operations shall be limited to the provision of basic accommodation services to guests through an in-house skeleton workforce. Ancillary establishments within the promises such at restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms, spas, and the like, shall not be allowed to operate or to provide room service; Provided further, that accommodation establishments may prepare: (a) sacked meals for distribution to attests who opt for the same; and (b) food orders for fake-out and delivery only.

  1. Face-to-face or in-person classes shall be suspended. For Academic Year 2020-2021, the following shall be observed for the conduct of classes:a. For basic education, the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) shall be adopted, as follows:
    i. Opening of classes for the basic education shall be on 24 August 2020 and shall end on 30 April 2021;
    ii. Opening of private schools will be allowed within the period provided by law. Provided, that school learning continuity plan shall be submitted; no face-to-face classes will be allowed earlier than 24 August 2020; and, from 24 August, face-to-face learning shall only be allowed when the local risk severity grading permits, and subject to compliance with minimum public health standards;
    iii. Adoption of various learning delivery options such as but not limited to face-to-face, blended learnings, distance learnings, and homeschooling and other modes of delivery shall be implemented depending on the local COVID Risk Severity Classification and compliance with minimum public health standards; and
    iv. Conduct of curricular and co-curricular activities involving gatherings such as science fairs, showcase of portfolios, trade fairs, school sports, campus journalism, festival of talents, job fairs, and other similar activities is cancelled, except those conducted online.

    b. For higher education, the recommendations of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for higher education institutions (HEls) shall be adopted, as follows:
    i. The rolling opening of classes will be based on education delivery mode, compliance with minimum health standards and the situation on the ground:
    1. HEIs using full online education can open anytime;
    2. HEIs using flexible learning can open anytime in August 2020;
    3. HEIs using significant fare-to-fare or in-person mode can open not earlier than 01 September 2020;
    4. No fare-to-face or in-person classes until 31 August 2020.

    ii. Private HEls are encouraged to change their academic calendar and open in August 2020.

  2. Mass gatherings such as but not limited to, movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, and non-essential work gatherings shall be prohibited Gatherings that are for the provision of critical government services and authorized humanitarian activities while adhering to the prescribed minimum health standards shall be allowed. Religious gatherings are not encouraged and shall be limited to not more than ten (10) persons until otherwise modified through subsequent issuance of the IATF.
  3. Outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise such as but not limited to walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, range shooting and skateboarding are allowed. Provided, that the minimum public health standards such as the wearing of masks and the maintenance of social distancing protocols, and no sharing of equipment where applicable are observed. Provided, further that operations of the relevant clubhouses or similar establishments, if any, shall be limited to basic operating. For this purpose, the propitiation in Section 4(3) does not apply.
  4. The road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall operate at a reduced operational and vehicle capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the DOTr. Provided, that in all public transports, a strict one (1) meter distance between passengers shall be observed and appropriate engineering controls in place.

Please be reminded that the Local Government Unit or LGU has the rights to have additional restrictions to the Omnibus Guidelines as they find fit for their area.

Watch the verbal GCQ Guidelines here:

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