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Guidelines: Cebu City under MGCQ until September 30

On Monday evening, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the new community quarantine classifications that will be implemented across the country for the whole month of September.

As recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, and the Cebu Province have been placed under the more relaxed Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting on September 1 to September 30, 2020.

On the other hand, IATF has also recommended GCQ status for the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Batangas, Tacloban, and Bacolod. Iligan City will be placed under the stricter MECQ.

Under MGCQ, more movement of people for non-essential purposes and more business sectors (especially tourism and personal grooming services) will be allowed.

MGCQ Guidelines

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella has recently issued the new Executive Order No. 89 specifying the MGCQ guidelines.

Now allowed under MGCQ:

  • Tourist destinations (e.g. water parks, beaches, resorts)
  • Gyms, fitness studios, sports facilities for non-contact sports
  • Spas (full body massage)
  • Tattoo and body piercing
  • Internet and computer shops, educational support establishments, libraries, archives, and museums (allowed at 50 percent capacity)
  • Pet grooming services, travel agencies, tour operators, and other personal care services 
  • Live events (subject to DOT guidelines on meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions, and business events)
  • Dine-ins, barbershops, and salons are now allowed at 75% capacity
  • Shopping malls are now allowed to operate until 10PM
  • All other activities included under GCQ

Things to note:

  • Quarantine Passes are still required for non-workers and QR coding is still in effect.
    • QPasses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) can go out on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays (5AM-1PM).
    • QPasses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 5, 8) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (1PM-9PM).
  • Employees must present Company ID or Certificate of Employment (COE).
  • Wearing of face masks is mandatory.
  • Religious mass gatherings and other gatherings such as sporting events and work conferences can now accommodate up to 50% capacity.
  • Persons under 21 years old and above 60 years old, people with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women are still mandated to stay-at-home.

Here is the latest Executive Order No. 89 specifying the MGCQ guidelines:

GCQ vs MGCQ

Here is a brief comparison between GCQ and MGCQ based on this infographic from Department of the Interior and Local Government – Region 10.

This page will be updated regularly and the Executive Order will be inserted here once available. Make sure to bookmark this page for updates.

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    just like I said before, you mayor do no have a straight insight of what you are doing. regarding young kids and senior citizens you don’t have a clear ordinance. They are contradicting. Why don’t you get down from your throne and start thinking yourself instead of just passing on and making ordinances according to your advisers. zDonxt you even study anything put in front of you? Quarantine passes on Sundays, how did you figure out people could be doing 5 am. zeven and odd number quar. passes are not equally divided as far as fair division goes. Odd even numbers barely have shopping or business time to use since most businesses open around 10 am and only leaves LESS THAN 3 HRS TO DO THEIR BUSINESS . On the other hand the holder of even numbers utilize the full 9 hrs to do shopping or business. Ganyan ka ba ka out of touch sa reality? Don’t you have compassion to younger kids or older relatives, parents or friends. Tandaan mo tatanda ka rin ! You don’t deserve to run this city. Youndon’t have a chance to win the next election either. Lots of people that voted for you have not only change of heart but change of common sense thinking too.

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    I see this article as MISLEADING. First if all, why are you using GCQ and MGCQ comparison of Region 10?

    Second, on the executive order, it says persons below 21 and above 65 years old are still mandated to stay at home but on the DILG comparison it says all persons are now allowed to go out?

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    Good day Ma’am/Sir. I would like to ask if what are the requirements and protocols upon arrival in Cebu from Siquijor?

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    Why are you using the comparison of GCQ and MGCQ from Region 10? What about Region 7?

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    How about if mag travel back na to inter-island cebu province from Cebu, need pa rin ba LSI papers since yung kapitan ng barangay na uuwian ko sana is hindi daw ako pwede makapasok sa territory nya since I am not a residence daw at hindi daw sya na inform na dun daw ako lagi umuuwi sa kanilang barangay. Advise lang po, thanks.

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    Its says here people that below 21 and above 60 with underlying health problems are restricted but those who does not have health issues can now be allowed to go out. Water parks and tourist spots are now open so people can now enjoy the outdoor activities with the whole family. Parents who have QPass can now bring their kids with them, provided we stict to the quarantene protocols of wearing face mask, shields and social distancing, refrain from contact with other people other rhan our family when we are outside. Well its just how i understood the MGCQ guidelines. If im wrong then please someone in the authorities enlighten us parents….

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    Then you can go to water parks, beaches, resorts but you cant bring your family seniors or kids? For still only one can go out of the house not kids or +60 and only one Qpass! I cant understand that some like to go to a resort or water parks alone and leave the kids home. Then this is only words not reality.

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    Oh mayor. You are so smart. I have 7 kids and no q pass. Can’t borrow one coz noone in our block has a q pass. Do you have any kind of advice to people like us? Should I not feed my kids? Should I not pay the bills? What would you do in my situation?

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      Adapt new normal with health protocols and not human isolation. Quarantine passes are useless in MGCQ already since the government announces a more relaxed community quarantine. Therefore, focus on implementing health protocols without controlling the actions of the people. We have been isolated since March 2020, people need to go to work. Jeepney drivers have to work to support their families. We need public transportation while following a certain capacity.

      The mayor of Cebu City should realize that allowing social gatherings at a minimum capacity while implementing a quarantine pass is contradicting. Social gatherings, such as, attending a religious mass as a family are “not allowed” according to their guidelines because one quarantine pass only allows ONE PERSON TO USE. So we’re confused! National government is implementing MGCQ but the Mayor retains ECQ or GCQ guidelines. It just doesn’t make sense.

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        The mayor is a mother flipping joke, wants to open for tourism but restricts people’s moments. Wants you to go to tourist spots but don’t bring your children. Did you bump your head or something? What’s the logic in that? Palibhasa you don’t have kids and probably you have your swimming pool to chill out even your apos.Your worst than the previous mayor. sheesh..

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    They now allow certain businesses to open but some categories of people are still restricted. How can these business return to recovery when there are still less number of people because of restrictions. They better look this over because it is contradictory. (My siuggestion is to allow all people to go out but strictly enforce social distancing and wearing of face mask).

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    Update mo yang 21- 60 na taon na pwede lumabas. DI pa rin yan pwede sa june 4 update ng iatf, pwera na lang kung pinayagan ng LGU.

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    Good evening! How about working in a bar maam/sir?

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