We finally have confirmation: Metro Manila will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.
President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation earlier tonight, and he has now confirmed that the National Capital Region will be placed under GCQ. The same quarantine guidelines will be implemented in Regions II, III, and IV-A, as well as in Pangasinan, Albay, and Davao City.
Under GCQ, some modes of public transport will be allowed to operate, meaning we will see increased activity on the streets in the capital in the coming weeks. If you want to read more on the guidelines for private vehicles and public transportation under GCQ, click here.
Meanwhile, the President also clarified that the rest of the country—those that were not mentioned above—will be placed or remain under modified GCQ. In MGCQ areas, there will be little to no restrictions that will be implemented, but minimum public health standards must be enforced. To read more on how the several quarantine restrictions differ from one another, you can check out our explainer here.
Government agencies have already been preparing for this shift to GCQ in the metro, and plans like relocating bus stops along EDSA and implementing a modified coding scheme in the capital have been presented in the last week or so. We’re expecting further updates on these—as well as on other new guidelines—to surface over the next couple of days, so watch this space.