Gov’t changes mind: Kids, seniors must stay home even under MGCQ

Pia Ranada
Gov’t changes mind: Kids, seniors must stay home even under MGCQ
Even under the most relaxed form of community quarantine, those 21 and below, the elderly, and pregnant women can only leave their residences to obtain essential goods or to work

MANILA, Philippines – Even under the most relaxed form of community quarantine, the elderly, children, pregnant women, and persons with certain health conditions are prohibited from leaving their homes save for work or essential activities.

The national coronavirus task force made this change to the Omnibus Guidelines through its 43rd resolution, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday, June 4.

“The old guidelines said every household member is allowed to leave their homes [under modified general community quarantine]. There was an amendment. In Resolution No. 43, it remains that youths aged 21 years old and below, seniors 60 years old and above, can’t go out subject to exception of necessities and to work,” said Roque in Filipino.

A copy of the resolution can be found at the end of this article.

Modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is the phase after GCQ. During this phase, movie screenings, concerts, religious gatherings, sporting events, and non-essential work gatherings are allowed, as long as a 50% limit on venue capacity is observed.

All types of business operations and establishments are allowed to open and face-to-face classes are allowed in schools.

The new government resolution amends the MGCQ rule that “all persons shall be allowed outside their residence.”

The change comes 4 days after most of the Philippines went under MGCQ.

Only the following areas are under GCQ until June 15:

  • Metro Manila
  • Cagayan Valley
  • Central Luzon
  • Calabarzon
  • Pangasinan
  • Albay
  • Central Visayas
  • Cebu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Davao City
  • Zamboanga City

– Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.