Masses, Religious Gatherings Banned Under GCQ Following Complaints From Local Officials

Non-essential gatherings will still not be allowed both under GCQ.
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During today's press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that work and religious mass gatherings will not be allowed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), according to the most recent meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Roque elaborated on the announcement through an interview with CNN Philippines, saying: "Nagkaroon po ng malawakang protesta ang lokal na pamahalaan. Ang sabi po nila, hindi mapapatupad 'yan [safety protocols] dahil hindi naman mapapasok ang mga simbahan...Wala pong exception sa public gatherings. Hindi na po puwedeng magtipon even for religious gatherings or work meetings." 

On April 30, Roque said that essential religious activities and work-related meetings will be allowed starting May 1 given that safety protocols are followed. He retracted the statement later that day, saying that the matter will be rediscussed by the IATF. 

Non-essential gatherings like parties, concerts, and going to cinemas are still not allowed both under GCQ and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

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President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the ECQ until May 15 in Metro Manila and other "high-risk provinces" to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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