Davao City placed under GCQ but with heightened restrictions

DAVAO City and Davao Oriental will return to general community quarantine (GCQ) status, while the rest of Davao Region will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Thursday afternoon, July 15, the updated quarantine status in the country, with the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and President Rodrigo Duterte.

The updated quarantine classification in the region will be effective from July 16 to 31, 2021.

Davao City will shift to GCQ but with heightened restrictions after more than a month of being placed under MECQ. The city was placed under MECQ from June 5, and was extended twice until July 15, due to the surge in Covid-19 cases resulting in overwhelming hospital and critical care facilities.

Davao Oriental also graduated from the MECQ status to GCQ with no heightened restrictions.

Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte, meanwhile, will be under MECQ until the end of the month.

The entire region was placed under MECQ status due to the rising Covid-19 cases.

As of July 14, Davao Region had a total of 48,673 Covid-19 cases, wherein active cases was at 7,832, while 39,234 recovered, and 1,607 succumbed to the virus.

GCQ with heightened restrictions

According to the IATF Resolution No. 121, the following establishments and activities are prohibited from operating in areas under GCQ with heightened restrictions: entertainment venues (bars, concert halls, theatre, etc.), recreational venues (internet cafes, billiards, arcades, etc.), amusement parks, fairs, playgrounds, kiddie rides, and traditional cockfighting and cockpits.

Also prohibited are outdoor contact sports, games, and scrimmages, except for non-contact sport, which is allowed.

Indoor sports courts and venues, indoor tourist attractions, venues for meetings, conferences, and exhibitions are still not allowed in areas under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

For personal care services such as salons, parlors, beauty clinics, they are allowed to cater up to 30 percent capacity. They may add 10 percent if the area is granted with the Safety Seal.

Outdoor tourist attractions are allowed to cater up to 30 percent capacity provided that minimum public health standards are strictly followed.

Staycations and other Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited accommodations are allowed without age restrictions, provided that MPHS are adhered to. Staycation hotels with Certificate of Authority to Operate will be allowed up to 100 percent venue capacity, while other DOT-accredited accommodation establishments are allowed up to 30 percent area capacity with the local government oversight.

Indoor dining is allowed up to 20 percent area capacity. They may add an additional 10 percent if they were granted the Safety Seal. Outdoor dining is allowed up to 50 percent.

Religious activities are allowed up to 10 percent capacity but may add up to 30 percent depending on the local government.

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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