President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to keep Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ) until July 31, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a late night address on Wednesday, July 15.
The President also eased the lockdown in Cebu City to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). Cebu City is the only area in the country under MECQ.
This means that Cebu City is still locked down, "except for indispensable industries, and movement is only for necessities and for work if the industry is allowed."
In areas under MECQ, only a maximum of 5 people are allowed to gather in public.
Here is a list of GCQ and modified GCQ (MGCQ) medium risk areas:
In areas under GCQ, economy is open but vulnerable people – meaning the elderly and the sick – are advised to stay at home.
Malls are open in areas under GCQ.
Roque said dine-in capacities in restaurants will increase from 30% to 50% come July 21.
Public gathering is allowed for a maximum of 10 people, but religious gatherings are allowed at a limited capacity of 10%.
Roque warned that Metro Manila could return to MECQ by August if coronavirus cases in the capital region continue to rise.
In MGCQ medium risk areas, local governments are still advised to implement granular lockdowns.
MGCQ medium risk areas are advised to quarantine entering overseas Filipino workers.
The rest of the country remains under MGCQ until July 31.