IATF-EID issues updated guidelines on GCQ, MGCQ areas



The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has issued an amended government guidelines amid the implementation of varying community quarantine in different areas.

According to the guidelines, gatherings for religious and other purposes have been allowed under some conditions in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

“[M]ovie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, religious services, and work conferences shall be allowed provided that participants shall be limited to 50% of the seating or venue capacity,” the guidelines read.

Based on IATF-EID Resolution No. 43, outdoor non-contact sports and exercises such as walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, range shooting, and skateboarding have been allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Regarding movement of people for MGCQ areas, it shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate hereunder, and for other activities permitted.

The guidelines cited that “limited face-to-face or in-person classes may be conducted in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) provided there is strict compliance with minimum public health standards, consultation with local government units, and compliance with guidelines set by the CHED.”

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also disclosed a new policy where sidecars will now be allowed in national highways to help augment the lack of transportation in GCQ and MGCQ areas.

Meanwhile, select members of the IATF are in Davao City for a meeting with President Rodrigo R. Duterte this evening which is expected to be followed by a new public address of the President./Stacy Ang

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