The placement of certain areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) means that some private and public transport vehicles are once again allowed on the road. The Department of Transportation has already released the full guidelines as well as the corresponding social-distancing policies for each type PUV under GCQ.
However, there are still some questions that remain, particularly on people and cargo moving between zones placed under GCQ and those that are still under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has now laid down all the specifics for these, so read on if you want to know more about it.
The only personnel allowed to travel in between GCQ and ECQ zones are health workers, government officials, frontline personnel, essential skeletal workforce employees, and workers of permitted establishments. Persons providing essential goods, services, and public utilities, as well as those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons may also be allowed transit between zones.
The IATF has also provided specific guidelines for those traveling to and from the airports. Repatriated OFWs and non-OFWs may travel to their destination in the Philippines provided that they have completed the 14-day facility-based or home quarantine as mandated by the Department of Health or the concerned LGU.
Meanwhile, outbound OFWs, permanent residents of other countries, and stranded foreign nationals will be allowed to travel between ECQ and GCQ zones to reach airports or seaports. Filipinos, however, will not be allowed to travel to countries with travel restrictions. Anyone departing from the country may be accompanied to the airport or the seaport by only one person, who will then be allowed to return to his point of origin afterwards.
The transport of cargo between ECQ and GCQ areas, on the other hand, will remain unhampered—that includes those transported via land, air, or sea vessels. Logistics personnel may be allowed land travel along with the cargo, but only a maximum of five people per delivery vehicle is permitted, regardless of the current load.
To view the full guidelines for yourself, you can check out the official Facebook post below.