GCQ General Community Quarantine will be implemented in areas where there are low to moderate risk to COVID 19.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced that some areas in Luzon and other provinces in the country will be placed under General Community Quarantine GCQ. However, for areas with high risks of COVID 19, Enhanced Community Quarantine is extended until May 15.
How is General Community Quarantine GCQ different from the Enhanced Community Quarantine ECQ?
Refer to the table below to differentiate GCQ from ECQ.
|Enhanced Community Quarantine||General Community Quarantine|
|high-risk area in the spread of COVID||Low to Moderate risk area for COVID spread|
|Stringent Quarantine Measures until May 15, 2020||Relaxed quarantine Measures starting May 1|
|Public Transport is suspended||Public Transport are allowed but reduced|
|Only essential establishments are allowed to operate like hospitals, grocery||50%-100% reopening of select establishments subject to minimum health standards|
General Community Quarantine GCQ Guidelines
General Community Quarantine is a more relaxed form of quarantine.
1.Workers in Category I, II and III may continue to work in phases. But Category IV is 100% closed.
Category I (100% opening) – Sectors working under Agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sectors, food manufacturing and all supply chains, including ink, packaging and raw materials, supermarkets, hospitals, logistics, water, energy, internet, telecommunications, and media.
Category II (50-100% opening) – Workers under the manufacturing, electronics, and exports, e-commerce, and delivery for essential and non-essential items, repair and maintenance services, housing, and office services;
Category III (50% opening)– Workers under Financial services, business process outsourcing (BPO), non-leisure wholesale and retail trade, and other non-leisure services
Category IV (100% closed) – Sectors working in schools, leisure, gaming fitness, kid industry, tourism, construction (in consideration from DPWH guidelines), all gathering s including religious conferences, malls and construction ( limited opening).
2. People can go out of their homes only for the purposes of accessing basic necessities. Mandatory wearing of masks, use of alcohol, and temperature check. Observing social distancing is still a must.
3. Those with high health risks individuals, seniors, and aged below 21 shall continue to stay at home.
4. There will be a partial opening of malls and other shops. Restaurants may only operate for take out and delivery services.
5. Public transports are allowed to operate but in a reduced capacity.
6. Classes in higher institutions will be resumed in accordance with guidelines as may be issued by CHED.
7. Local Government Units shall enforce curfew at night.
8. Airports and Seaports may operate only for the movement of goods. Passengers’ vessels are still not allowed.
Low and Moderate Risk Areas under GCQ starting May 1, 2020
- CAR- Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province
- Region 1- Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union
- Region 2- Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino
- Region 3- Aurora
- Region 4B- Marinduque, Palawan, Romblon
- Region 5- Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Sorsogon
- Region 6- Guimaras, Negros Occidental
- Region 7- Bohol- Negros Oriental, Siquijor
- Region 8- Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, Southern Leyte,Western Samar
- Region 9- Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay
- Region 10- Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental
- Region 11- Davao Del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental
- Region 12- Sarangani, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat
- Region 13- Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Dinagat Island, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur
- BARMM- Basilan, Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu