The new quarantine classifications are good for 30 days, longer than the usual 15 days, as the government moved to bring stability to people's lives. When September ends, so will the GCQ in Metro Manila and MGCQ for most of the country.
This means that for the entire month, barring major developments, restrictions will remain the same. The GCQ and MGCQ, the two lowest in a four-step system allows public transport, gyms and religious services at limited capacity. Refer to the images below for a quick guide.
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"Minabuti na po ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) na gawing isang buwan para magkaroon ng stability ‘no iyong iba’t ibang mga lokal na pamahalaan. Napakahirap po kasi kung magbabago ang rules every two weeks (The IATF opted for one month to bring stability to local governments. It is very difficult to change the rules every two weeks) ," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
"Parang mas mayroon pong continuity kung one month (It seems there's more continuity when it lasts for one month)," he said.
Aside from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Batangas, Tacloban and Bacolod are under GCQ while the rest of the country is under MGCQ except for Iligan City, which is under the second highest, MECQ.
While the cases in Iligan are not too high, it was placed under MECQ since patients have to be transported to Cagayan de Oro City for treatment, Roque said.