Abra, Baguio, Bohol under GCQ with heightened restrictions until Sept. 30

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — The government has placed Abra, Baguio City, and Bohol under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions effective Sept. 24 until the end of the month, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Abra and Baguio City were initially under GCQ while Bohol was under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also said in a statement that Ilocos Norte will be de-escalated to GCQ from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) during the same period.

With the implementation of the new quarantine classification in Abra, Baguio City, and Bohol, indoor dining are allowed to operate at 20% capacity and 50% for outdoor or al-fresco dining.

Beauty salons, barbershops, and nail spas may operate up to 30% capacity.

Business establishments with Safety Seal Certifications are given an additional 10% beyond the prescribed capacity. But meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions and social events in venue establishments are prohibited.

For outdoor tourist attractions, these are allowed up to 30% capacity. Minimum health standards must be strictly followed.

Indoor sports courts and venues, as well as indoor tourist attractions are not allowed to operate.

"In the case of specialized markets of the Department of Tourism (DOT), such as staycations without age restrictions, they shall be allowed at such capacities, protocols and restrictions, as may be imposed by the DOT," the Palace said.

Meanwhile, religious gatherings are allowed up to 10% capacity, but local governments may increase this to 30%.

Necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of COVID-19 victims shall be allowed but limited to immediate family members.

When crossing borders, interzonal travel is allowed subject to restrictions of the local government unit (LGU) of destination.

Point-to-point travel to areas under GCQ and MGCQ is also permitted without age restrictions, subject to an RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement for those below 18 and above 65. Other protocols and restrictions from the Department of Tourism and the LGU of destination shall also be observed.