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GOV ISSUES EO FOR MGCQ GUIDELINES
By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, July 10, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia discusses the protocols and guidelines to be followed starting July 10 as the Province of Cebu shifts to Modified General Community Quarantine. (Junjie Mendoza)

Starting today, July 10, persons who are immunocompromised and those with other health risks are the only ones not allowed to go out as the Province of Cebu shifts into the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Gyms, fitness studios, sports facilities for non-contact sports and other forms of exercise, internet and computer shops, educational support establishments, pet grooming services, travel agencies, tour operators, and other personal care services are allowed to open for the first time in four months, while restriction on backriding is lifted. 

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued Thursday, July 9, Executive Order No. 20 specifying guidelines for the movement of people and opening of businesses in the Province under an MGCQ status.

She stressed that public health and safety guidelines such as physical distancing and wearing of masks or face shields, availability of hand washing or sanitizing stations in places frequented by the public, and temperature checks of all persons upon entry of establishments, remain in place.  

Movement for leisure purposes are still not be allowed. The curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for non-workers and non-exempt persons is still in effect.

Cross border swimming is now allowed with no time limit.

Garcia said it took her days to issue the EO because she had to carefully and thoroughly review the guidelines. 

President Rodrigo Duterte announced on June 30 that Cebu Province is placed under MGCQ except for Talisay City, Minglanilla, Mandaue City, and Consolacion which remain on GCQ.

“Atong gitun-an usa og maayo ang mga guidelines under MGCQ. Ug unsaun ni nato pagpahaum sa atong sitwasyon sa Probinsya sa Sugbo. So, i-prisintar nako karon ang Executive Order No. 20 kung diin tagsa-tagsa nato na gituki ang nagkadilaing aspito sa unsay mahimo nga buhaton og unsay dili mahimo nga buhaton under MGCQ classification,” Garcia in her virtual presser said.

The mandatory public health safety standards will continue under MGCQ with added precautionary measures using technology which is readily available in the market such as air purification and sterilization and ultra violet (UV) sterilization systems in opened establishments. 

ALLOWED UNDER MGCQ

Under Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) guidelines, Garcia said dine-in restaurants, fast food chains, and carenderias shall be allowed but limited to 50 percent of the total customers seating capacity. 

The dine-in should be in open areas, well-ventilated, and not air-conditioned. However, for areas not practicable, Garcia said air purification system for purposes of disinfections, sanitations, and sterilization shall be installed.

“Ngano man nga ato ning gibutang? Tungod kay kong musulod ka og air-conditioned nga lawak or room, more often than not ang hangin sa sud magbalik-balik. Busa gikinahanglan nga dunay air purification system aron ma-insure ang safety and health of those inside that room or dine-in restaurant,” she explained, adding that violation of this policy shall warrant the revocation of their business permit by the local government unit (LGU).

All establishments identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to operate under MGCQ shall be allowed. 

“Gisunod nato ang DTI resolution kabahin sa establishments allowed to operate at 100 percent og aduna usab establishments nga allowed only up to 50 percent,” she said.

Garcia said regular operating hours of banks and other financial institutions shall be observed. 

Work in government offices may return to full operational capacity at the discretion of the local chief executive (LCE).  

Public land transportation and public marine transportation shall continue to operate at a reduced capacity in accordance with the guidelines issued by the concerned agencies. 

Public air transportation shall also operate within the MGCQ zone in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation and/or the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Garcia stressed that internet and computer shops are allowed to operate. However, this is subject to very strict protocols and work or educational purposes are allowed at 50 percent. The same goes for other educational support establishments such as testing centers, tutorials and review centers, language, driving, dance, acting, voice schools, libraries, archives, and museums. 

Physical school classes shall also continue to be suspended. Garcia said the operation of schools shall faithfully comply with guidelines issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

All businesses operating within the Province of Cebu shall adopt a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and a Health Regimen Plan (HRP) to be submitted to the LGUs having jurisdiction over the workplace, the governor said.

PROHIBITED

Garcia said buffet or self-service food establishments are not allowed under MGCQ.

All forms of gambling, including cockfighting, shall be prohibited within the Province of Cebu.

“For this reason, tigbakay di gyud na pwede,” she said, adding that if this will happen, she will let the barangay captain answer for it because this could not be done without their approval. 

Fiesta celebrations and all other related community activities during fiesta shall be prohibited as well, Garcia said.

Basketball, volleyball and other high contact sports shall continue to be prohibited.

MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE, GOODS

For the movement of persons, Garcia said under MGCQ all persons shall be allowed to go out of their residence but not purely for leisure activities but to access essential goods and services, to work in the offices or industries permitted to operate and to do the activities permitted under the newly-issued EO.

Mass gatherings in LGUs shall only be allowed, Garcia said, after securing permit from the mayor subject to health and safety protocols and strict physical distancing. The mass gathering should not exceed the seating capacity of the venue.

Subject to mandatory safety and health guidelines, religious gatherings shall be allowed but limited to 50 percent of the venue or seating capacity.

Indoor and outdoor activities and other forms of exercise such as, but not limited to, walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, Zumba, and skateboarding are allowed, provided that health standards are observed.

Garcia said the Locally Stranded Individual (LSI) shall be governed by the operational guidelines under the National Task Force Against Covid-19 Order No. 2020-02 and EO No. 17-B.

Cargos and delivery of essential goods in the Province of Cebu remain unimpeded.

Garcia said in the operation of wet markets, the LGUs are encouraged to adopt reasonable schemes to ensure compliance with strict physical distancing measures and foot traffic. 

BORDERS REMAIN

There is still restriction of entry into the Province of Cebu from Cebu City as defined under Section 8 of the said EO. 

Non-essential workers are not allowed entry into the territorial jurisdiction of the Province of Cebu as defined by the borders of the City of Mandaue in the north, City of Talisay in the south, Balamban town in the west, and Cordova in the Island of Mactan. (Mylen Manto)