METRO MANILA – Metro Manila mayors have agreed to a uniformed curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m in Metro Manila as part of the stricter implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ).
According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the majority of the mayors voted for the curfew hours from 8pm to 5am.
Inaprubahan ng IATF-EID ang naging rekomendasyon ng mga mayor sa Metro Manila na mas mahigpit na implementasyon ng GCQ sa NCR simula ngayong araw, August 19, 2020. #LagingHandaPH#COVID19PH#workingPCOO#WeHealAsOne pic.twitter.com/TE05RWdZQX— Presidential Comm (@pcoogov) August 19, 2020
Metro Manila, being the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak has been placed into general community quarantine together with nearby provinces Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal after a modified lockdown were implemented to give the healthcare workers a ‘breather’.
Roque said that the general community quarantine (GCQ) being implemented until August 31 will be stricter with more restrictions on business like gyms, restaurants, salons, internet shops etc.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 has approved the recommendations from the Mayors to ban gyms, restaurant, review school and internet cafe.
Dine-in restaurants are allowed to operate at a limited capacity but its still the local government decision on whether to allow the limited capacity.
Mass gatherings will only be allowed up to 10 people while sports facilities, drive-in cinemas, and pet grooming services will not be allowed to operate during GCQ.
Companies will also be required to undertake PCR testing for employees showing symptoms but not for asymptomatic workers.
As of Tuesday, total of 169,213 Covid-19 positive cases has been reported nationwide including 112,861 recoveries and 2,687 deaths. 94,842 cases (or more than half) were reported in Metro Manila.