February 9, 2023

The quarantine classification in Abra, Baguio City, and Bohol has been upgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions, Malacañang announced on Sept. 23.
The new quarantine status took effect on Sept. 24, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
Abra and Baguio City were initially placed under the regular GCQ.
Under stricter GCQ, indoor dine-in services may operate at 20 percent seating capacity, while outdoor dine-in services may be allowed at 50 percent seating capacity.
Roque said salons, barbershops, and nail spas may operate up to 30 percent or seating capacity.
Religious activities may also be conducted up to 10 percent of the venue capacity.
Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than the Covid-19 and for the remains of the Covid-19 deceased will be allowed, so long as attendees are immediate family members.
Roque said tourist attractions may also operate at 30 percent venue capacity, subject to strict adherence to minimum public health standards.
“Business establishments with Safety Seal certifications shall be allowed to operate at an additional 10 percent points beyond the prescribed on-site capacity or venue/seating capacity,” he said.
He said specialized markets of the Department of Tourism without age restrictions will be allowed “at such capacities, protocols and restrictions, as may be imposed by the DOT.”
“Point-to-point travel to areas under GCQ and MGCQ shall be allowed without age restrictions subject to an RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement for those below 18 years old and above 65, and other protocols and restrictions as may be imposed by the DOT and the LGU of destination.”
Roque said meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions, and social events in venue establishments will not be allowed, including indoor sports, courts, and venues, and indoor tourist attractions. – PNA