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Haircuts Only, Quarantine Passes: More GCQ Rules You Need to Know

You can finally get that haircut.
by Clara Rosales
Aug 19, 2020

Salons will be allowed to resume limited operations in Metro Manila as the capital region downgrades to general community quarantine until Aug. 31. Dine-in services in restaurants will also be permitted, the president’s spokesperson said Wednesday.

Whether salons resume at 30% or 50% capacity will be left to the discretion of mayors, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told CNN Philippines.

Salons will offer haircuts only, Metro Manila Council Chairperson and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez told DZMM. This means no dyeing of hair, manicures, and pedicures. Strict social distancing must also be observed inside salons.

Dine-in services at restaurants will be at 30 percent for now, he said

What about gyms?

According to Roque, gyms, internet cafes, and review and tutorial centers are still not allowed.

Can I go out?

Under GCQ, only authorized persons outside of residence can go out of their homes. This includes frontliners and essential workers. All they need to do is present their company ID at checkpoints when they head out. Persons aged 21 and below and above 60 are prohibited from leaving their homes as they are considered high-risk individuals. The rest will need quarantine passes.

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Is there a curfew?

Olivarez also said Metro Manila mayors agreed on curfew hours8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily—which will be effective until the end of the month. Barangays or streets with a high number of COVID-19 cases can be placed under granular lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus.

What do I need to bring?

Those going out to purchase essential goods must bring their quarantine pass, and wear face masks. Those seen without masks will be fined. Market vendors are required to wear face masks and face shields, Olivarez said.

The labor and transportation departments earlier announced that commuters and employees are required to wear face shields over their face masks in public transportation and the workplace.

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