Metro Manila Mayors Want to Loosen GCQ Restrictions: MMDA

But curfew hours stay the same.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

Metro Manila mayors want to open more business "with caution," the head of the MMDA said Thursday, with just five days left under current quarantine classifications.

The consensus was reached Wednesday night wherein the mayors also agreed not to roll back quarantines too far, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benjamin Abalos said.

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite, known collectively as the NCR Plus Bubble, is currently under general community quarantine "with heightened restrictions" until May 31.

The mayors agreed to retain the curfew hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the next two weeks, Abalos said. They are also pushing to open the government's COVID-19 vaccination program to the A4 priority sector, composed of economic frontliners.

"Ito ay full support ang mga mayors, and they want it immediately implemented. Once na mabakunahan na ang mga workers, this would really spur our economy," he said.

Under GCQ with heightened restrictions, only "essential travel" in and out of the NCR Plus Bubble will be allowed and only people aged 18 to 65 years old can leave the house. Also indoor dining capacity was increased to 20% from 10%, and al-fresco dining capacity was set at 50%.

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