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3 areas escalate to GCQ with ‘heightened’ curbs

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Abra, Bohol, and Baguio City will revert to a stricter lockdown classification until the end of the month due to the rising number of coronavirus infections.

Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque announced Thursday that the three areas were reclassified to general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from 24 to 30 September.

Prior to the announcement, Abra and Baguio City were placed under GCQ, while Bohol was put under modified GCQ.

Meanwhile, Ilocos Norte will be downgraded from modified enhanced community quarantine to GCQ.

Under the guidelines set by the pandemic task force, indoor dine-in services in areas under GCQ with heightened restrictions may operate at a maximum of 20 percent of its venue or seating capacities.

Meanwhile, al-fresco or outdoor dine-in services may accommodate up to 50 percent of its venue or seating capacities.

Outdoor tourist attractions and establishments offering personal care services such as beauty salons, parlors, barbershops, and nail spas may operate in the said areas as well, but limited to 30 percent of its capacities.

Staycations were allowed at limited capacities in the case of specialized markets of the Department of Tourism.

On the other hand, the conduct of meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions, and other social events in venue establishments remain prohibited.

Residents were also barred from operating indoor sports venues and indoor tourist attractions.

Religious gatherings were allowed up to 10 percent of the venue capacities, and local officials may increase it as high as 30 percent.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment and funerals for those who died of causes other than Covid-19 are allowed but limited to immediate family members.

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