Except Pangasinan, R1 provinces to be lowered to GCQ status

VIGAN CITY — In a taped public briefing aired morning of April 24, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque read Malacañang’s announcement extending the lockdown in Metro Manila, Region III, Region IV-A, and several provinces in Luzon until May 15, while other areas inclu-
ding most of the provinces in Region 1, with the exception of Pangasinan, will go under “General Community Quarantine (GCQ)” on May 1.

Areas put on extended lockdown until May 15 are considered as “high-risk” areas, or those with greater than 90% probability of an outbreak.

“Low-risk” and “moderate-risk” areas, on the other hand, are placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) until mid-May, after which the status will be further relaxed to “normalization” if no deterioration is observed according to Roque.

Among the provinces placed under GCQ are Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union. However, the status of Ilocos Norte and La Union is still subject for review.

Pangasinan, hit with the greatest number of cases in the region, is kept in enhanced quarantine subject to review by April 30.

The presidential spokesperson explained that areas under GCQ may be allowed the following: opening of non-leisure shops in malls; resumption of priority and essential construction projects; partial operations of public transport; 100% resumption of operation in the following industries: agriculture, fishery, forestry, food manufacturing, packaging, food retail, supermarket, restaurants (for takeout and delivery), hospitals, logistics, water and energy, internet, telecommunications, and media; 50% on-site, 50% work-from-home operation for the following industries: financial services, business process outsourcing, wholesale and retail trade, other non-leisure services. ●