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Life Under Quarantine: General Community Quarantine Guidelines

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) is a form of quarantine with more relaxed measures compared to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque introduced the term “Modified General Community Quarantine” which is observed in “low-risk” provinces and cities, in a press briefing on Tuesday, May 12. (To know what form of quarantine your province or city is under, check here.)

Despite the label, it doesn’t entail any strict stay-at-home measures. But it does require the continuance of health guidelines like mask-wearing, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing.

GCQ Guidelines:

  1. Minimum public health standards shall be complied with at all times for the duration of the GCQ.
  2. Under the GCQ, movement of all persons shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate. Movement for leisure purposes is not allowed.
    • Persons below 21 years old
    • Persons 60 years old and above
    • Those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks
    • Pregnant women
    • Any person who resides with the aforementioned
    • Except when obtaining essential goods
  4. Under the GCQ, work in government offices may be at full operational capacity, or under such alternative work arrangements as agencies may deem proper in accordance with issues by the Civil Services Commission (CSC).
    • Category I Industries
      • Agriculture, fishery, and forestry industry, food manufacturing, and supply chain businesses, including food retail establishments such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and food preparation establishments insofar as take-out and delivery services, food delivery services, health-related establishments, the logistics sector, information technology, and telecommunication companies, the media, at full operational capacity.
    • Category II Industries
      • Mining and other manufacturing, export-oriented, and electronic commerce companies, as well as other delivery, repair and maintenance, and housing and office services, anywhere between 50% up to full operational capacity, and without prejudice to work-from-home and other alternative work arrangements.
    • Category III Industries
      • Financial services, BPOs, legal and accounting, and auditing services, professional, scientific, technical, and other non-leisure services, and other non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments, at a maximum of 50% work-on-site arrangement, and without prejudice to work-from-home and other alternative work arrangements. Specific industries under each category are reflected in a separate document issued by the DTI.
  6. Under the GCQ, malls and shopping centers may open, except for leisure establishments. Such as establishments and services allowed to operate in malls and shopping centers may only operate at a limited capacity. Persons with ages below 21 years old, and those 60 years old and above may not enter malls, except when obtaining essential goods and services. The DTI may issue guidelines to limit foot traffic in such establishments.
  7. Construction projects allowed during the GCQ in accordance with guidelines issued by the DPWH. essential public and private construction projects, such as but not limited to:
    • Sewerage
    • Water Services Facilities
    • Digital Works
    • Health Facilities
    • Priority Projects
  8. Amusement, gaming, and fitness establishments, as well as those in the kids and tourism industries, may not operate during the GCQ.
  9. No hotels or similar establishments shall be allowed to operate, except those accommodating the following:
    • For areas outside Luzon, guests who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of May 1, 2020.
    • Guests who have existing long-term bookings;
    • Distressed OFWs and stranded Filipino or foreign nationals;
    • Repatriated OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine; and
    • Healthcare workers and other employees from exempted establishments under these Omnibus Guidelines and applicable Memoranda from the Executive Secretary.
    • Provided that all in all of the foregoing, hotel operations shall be limited to the provision of the basic lodging to guests.
  10. Physical classes shall be suspended for the duration of the GCQ.
    • However, Higher Education Institutions may:
      • Hold classes through flexible learning arrangements to finish AY 2019-2020
      • Operate at a limited capacity to receive student’s requirements
      • Prepare and issue credentials to students
    • This is all subject to the guidelines as may be issued by the CHED.
  11. Mass gatherings are still prohibited and highly discouraged under the GCQ. However, essential work gatherings and religious activities may continue as long as strict social distancing is maintained during the entirety of the event, subject to the following:
    • At least 2 meters distance between and among those attending
    • Mandatory wearing of face masks, face shield, or other facial protective equipment by attendees.
  12. Road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall operate at a reduced capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the DOTr. A strict 1-meter distance between passengers shall be observed in all public transports.

All other previous guidelines on the ECQ are still effect, unless otherwise amended by the IATF and/or the President of the Philippines,


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