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Changes When Negros Occidental Shifts from GCQ to MGCQ

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – Here are the changes once the province has downgraded from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Currently, the entire Philippines is under a community quarantine. Most areas are implementing the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) while Cebu, Laguna, and Metro Manila are under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

The said measures are set to expire this May 31. Several days before the said expiry, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has given his decision on the fate of the measures. Most areas will be under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting June 1.

Negros Occidental is one of the provinces that will be under an MGCQ starting June 1. Currently, the province is observing a GCQ.

Negros Occidental Governor Bong Lacson
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Based on a report of The Visayan Daily Star, Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson is set to release a new executive order that will place Negros Occidental under an MGCQ starting June 1.

Under the MGCQ, mass gathering including movie houses and gyms in the province will be allowed up to half of their total capacity. According to the report, with regards to the restaurants, they will be allowed to accommodate dine-in but only 50% of their capacity.

Furthermore, senior citizens and minors are already allowed to go outdoors under the MGCQ provided that they would wear face mask. Under the measure, the maritime and aviation sectors are allowed to open but the officials in the region want to keep it close.

Reportedly, the authorities in Western Visayas are not in favor of fully opening the airports and seaports amid the crisis. They want to only allow entry of stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). It is still under the approval of the national government.

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