Iloilo province implements new guidelines for GCQ classification until end of October

PHOTO CAPTION: The national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) recently placed the province of Iloilo under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) classification, with Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. (right) issuing an executive order stating the guidelines as to what activities are allowed or prohibited in the next two weeks or so./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon)

ILOILO–With the province of Iloilo under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) classification from October 16-31, 2021, its Provincial Information Office recently deemed it best to come up with an infographic showing in detail what’s allowed and what’s not in the entire province for the next two weeks or so.

For starters, fiestas and other socio-cultural activities, festivals, commemorative programs, and assemblies are still not allowed, and neither are school/academic institution events, conventions, seminars, workshops, nor general membership meetings of any kind.

Also, all sorts of family gatherings, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and baptismal celebrations/receptions, are prohibited. Add to those, cultural/act/entertainment performances and exhibitions; trade expositions, and product promotions; and spectator sports and contact sports activities.

A curfew is implemented in the whole province from 9 pm to 4 am the following morning for the duration of the GCQ period, with only people aged 15 to 65 allowed to go out of their respective residences.

Relatedly, consumption of alcoholic beverages in public is prohibited.

Dining in restaurants or other similar food establishments is only at a maximum of 30% seating capacity indoors and 75% seating capacity for al fresco dining.

Religious activities, while allowed, are at no more than 30% capacity; wakes and funerals are permitted at the same capacity but for no longer than five days.

Also, government offices and facilities will be allowed between 30% manpower capacity and full on-site as determined by the agency head or the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

As for the education sector, face-to-face classes are still suspended, with basic education continuing operations via online classes in accordance with Department of Education (DepEd) guidelines. Higher education and technical-vocational education and training, meanwhile, are allowed but subject to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) guidelines, respectively.

Minimum public health standards will still be implemented province-wide, to include the wearing of facial protective equipment such as masks and face shields, hand washing and disinfection before entering and leaving residences or establishments, and maintenance of at least 1.5 meters distance at all times.

EO 575 PROVISIONS

As per the provisions of Executive Order 575, or the Regulations on Inbound Travel to the Province of Iloilo Under GCQ Status Effective October 16-31, 2021, the following are allowed to enter the province of Iloilo: authorized persons outside of residences (APORs), returning residents of the Province, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), residents of Iloilo City and Guimaras Province, and non-residents, but the S-PaSS (Safe, Swift and Smart Passage) is still required for incoming travelers, returning residents, APORs, and non-residents.

Meanwhile, residents of Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Guimaras, Capiz, Antique, Aklan, and Negros Occidental crossing borders to Iloilo Province from their respective LGUs shall not be subject to the health protocols and quarantine measures, unlike non-resident. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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