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Unified curfew, quarantine passes, stricter GCQ for NCR

Malacañang said stricter COVID-19 measures will be imposed in the National Capital Region (NCR) even though it has already reverted to the less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) after a two-week time-out under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

A member of the police manning a checkpoint asks to see the quarantine pass of a resident in Navotas in suburban Manila on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview with CNN Philippines, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved on Tuesday evening the request of NCR mayors for a stricter GCQ.

“We considered the recommendations of the mayor to actually impose a stricter GCQ because when we consulted the mayors, they were in agreement that it should be GCQ but it should also be a strict type,” he said.

According to Roque, there will now be a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the entire NCR and that local government units can issue quarantine passes even under GCQ.

Roque said the government will start the aggressive implementation of localized and granular lockdowns. Quarantine passes will be a requirement in these areas.

Mass gatherings are back to a maximum of 10 persons and not 10 percent of the capacity of the venue. Religious services are also covered by this rule.

The supposed reopening of gyms, internet cafes, and review and tutorial centers are likewise suspended.

“They will remain closed,” Roque said.

Restaurants and salons can open but the LGUs are now the ones who have to determine the capacity in these establishments. The IATF had previously approved dine-in services and salon services at 30 percent capacity.

Meanwhile, Roque said the IATF has allowed pillion riding or back-riding in motorcycles without the use of plastic barriers for those living in the same address.

“Back-ride is allowed provided that the passenger is an APOR (Authorized Person Outside Residence),” he said.

“If they live in the same address, no need for barriers. If they live in different addresses, it would have to be Angkas-type barriers,” he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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