Make sense of the community quarantine status in the Philippines this June

From June 1-15, Filipinos can travel within the NCR Plus bubble and provinces under MGCQ

With the national Covid-19 vaccination program now earnestly being rolled out in more  cities across the country, travelers in the Philippines may soon be seeing less restrictions and more movements across domestic destinations.

For those planning a summer getaway to one of our many captivating islands or mountain retreats, it’s important to keep in mind and understand the different types of community quarantine status that are updated by the Inter-Agency Task Force  every two weeks. Here is the latest information for the month of June.

Enhanced Community Quarantine

The strictest form of quarantine, ECQ means those below 18 years old, 65 and above, as well those with comorbidity (two or more medical condition), are required to stay at home except for obtaining essential goods and services. Any type of gathering with those outside your immediate household is also strictly prohibited. Only essential industries and establishments such as hospitals, pharmacies, banks, industries involved in agriculture, couriers and restaurants, among others, are allowed to operate.

There are no provinces or cities under ECQ from June 1-15.

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine

MECQ refers to the transition phase between ECQ and GCQ. Under MECQ, only essential travel is allowed. In addition, movement is still restricted for those below 18 years old, 65 and above, as well those with comorbidity. All establishments that were not allowed to operate under ECQ can now do so at 50% capacity except for the following: entertainment venues (bars and clubs), indoor and outdoor tourist attractions (parks, museums), recreational venues (amusement parks, and personal care service (beauty salons, wellness centers).  Restaurants are allowed to operate for take-outs only. Public transportation can run with limited capacity. Cycling is encouraged, while individual outdoor exercises are allowed within the general area of residence.

Some provinces under MECQ from June 1-15, 2021 (for complete list, visit here):

  • Agusan del Sur
  • Apayao
  • Benguet
  • Butuan City
  • Cagayan
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Ifugao
  • Iloilo City
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Santiago City
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte

General Community Quarantine

Under GCQ, people can move with more ease and less restrictions. Those aged 18 to 65 years old to are allowed to leave their places of residence and engage in essential travel. Establishments such as commissaries, restaurants and eateries may now operate at 20% capacity indoors and 50% capacity al fresco. Outdoor tourist attractions may be opened at 30% with strict adherence to minimum public health standards. Outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise are also allowed.

A subset of this classification is “GCQ with restrictions” which is currently in place in NCR Plus (encompassing Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite). From June 1 to 15, those within the NCR Plus area are allowed to travel for leisure within NCR Plus and to/from MGCQ provinces.

While there is no age restriction, those below 18 and above 65 years old need to have a negative COVID-19 test result before they are can travel.

Some provinces under “GCQ with restrictions” from June 1-15 (for complete list, visit here):

  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Cavite

Some provinces under GCQ from June 1-30 (for complete list, visit here):

  • Abra
  • Baguio City
  • Batangas
  • Cotabato City
  • Davao City
  • Iligan City
  • Isabela
  • Kalinga
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Mountain Province
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Quezon

Modified General Community Quarantine

MGCQ refers to the transition phase between GCQ and the new normal when people are allowed to travel for leisure and can move with no restrictions and, as long as safe distancing is observed and masks are worn. Under this classification, gatherings shall be allowed. Entertainment venues and amusement/gaming industries may operate, as well as road, rail, maritime and aviation sectors of public transportation. All provinces not mentioned above fall under MGCQ.

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