Modified General Community Quarantine (MGQC) Regulations
Philippines IATF Update
The Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF has announced a new set of regulations and protocols under the Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ. Only low risk areas will be placed under the said MGCQ. While moderate risk areas will remain under General Community Quarantine or GCQ. Please be aware that the Local Government Unit or LGU can add additional restrictions in their area.
These are the following protocols for the Modified General Community Quarantine as of May 29, 2020, signed by the IATF following the Omnibus Guidelines.
- Minimum public health standards shall be complied with at all times for the duration of the MGCQ.
- All persons shall now be allowed to go outside their residences.
- Indoor and outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise such as but not limited to walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, 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.
- 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 allowed provided that participants shall be limited to 50% of the venue or seating capacity. Religious gatherings shall be allowed under such guidelines as may be declared through subsequent issuances of the IATF.
- Face-to-face or in-person classes may be conducted in HEIs provided there is strict compliance with minimum public health standards, consultation with local government units, and compliance with guidelines set by CHED. HEI activities that involve mass gathering of students shall continue to be prohibited.
For K-12 Basic Education, the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education shall be adopted.
- Work in all public and private offices may be allowed to resume physical reporting to work at full operating capacity, with alternative work arrangements for persons who are 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women.
- The road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall be allowed to operate at the capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the DOTr. Provided, that in all public transports, a strict one-meter distance between passengers shall be observed and appropriate engineering controls shall be in place.
- Private transportation shall be allowed subject to the guidelines provided by DOTr.
- All public and private construction projects shall be allowed subject to strict compliance with the construction safety guidelines issued by the DPWH for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Except as otherwise provided below, all permitted establishments and activities under Category I-IV of Section 4(6) and in pertinent Sections of these Omnibus Guidelines shall be allowed to operate or be undertaken at full operational capacity:
- Barber shops, salons, and other personal care service establishments, at a maximum of fifty percent (50%) of venue capacity.
- Dine-in service in food retail establishments such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and food preparation establishments, at a maximum of 50% of seating capacity.
- Other Category IV and all other establishments not permitted to operate under previous Sections of these Guidelines, at a maximum of fifty 50% operational capacity.
- Work in government offices may be at full operational capacity, or under such alternative work arrangements as agencies may deem appropriate in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations issued by the CSC.
- Accredited diplomatic missions and international organizations may resume full operations.
These are the protocols to be followed for MGCQ areas only. Please be reminded that the Local Government Unit or LGU can add additional restrictions in their area. To see the full Omnibus Guidelines, click here!