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Seminars, Workshops Now Allowed in GCQ Areas

More easing of restrictions.
by Arianne Merez
Dec 4, 2020
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Workshops, seminars, and similar events can be conducted in areas under general community quarantine, Malacañang said Friday as the Philippines further eases COVID-19 restrictions.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on pandemic response has allowed the conduct of workshops, training, seminars, congresses, conferences, board meetings, colloquia, conclaves, symposia, and consumer trade shows in areas under GCQ, which includes Metro Manila, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.


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Such activities are permitted up to 30% of the venue capacity, Roque said. Among the possible venues he cited are restaurants, hotels, ballrooms and function halls, and open spaces in malls.

The Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry will issue the necessary guidelines on the matter, he said.

Areas under GCQ until Dec. 31 are Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan City, Davao City, and Davao del Norte. The rest of the Philippines is under the more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

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Gatherings were long permitted in areas under MGCQ up to half of the venue capacity.

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