By J. Jala | 11:03 PM September 23, 2021

The province of Bohol will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) “with heightened restrictions” from Sept. 24 to 30, MalacaƱang announced on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

Aside from Bohol, other areas that will be under GCQ with heightened restrictions are
Abra and Baguio City, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

“Abra and Baguio City were initially under GCQ while Bohol was initially under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Ilocos Norte, on the other hand, shall be de-escalated from under GCQ with heightened restrictions to GCQ,” said Roque.

He said while Abra, Baguio City, and Bohol are at GCQ with heightened restrictions, indoor dine-in services can operate up to 20% venue or seating capacity, while al-fresco or outdoor dine-in services will be allowed to operate up to 50% of the venue or seating capacity.

Beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas will also be allowed at 30% venue capacity.

Outdoor tourist attractions, may also be up to 30% venue capacity, but strict implementation of minimum public health standards must be adhered to.

According to Roque, business establishments with Safety Seal Certifications will be allowed to add 10% capacity.

The secretary stressed that meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions events, even social events at venue establishments are still not allowed.

Indoor sports and indoor tourist attractions are still not allowed.

“In the case of specialized markets of the Department of Tourism (DOT), such as staycations without age restrictions, they shall be allowed at such capacities, protocols and restrictions, as may be imposed by the DOT,” said Roque.

Religious gatherings will be allowed up to 10% of the venue capacity.

“The local government unit (LGU) may increase this allowable venue capacity to 30%,” said Roque.

While gatherings for necrological services for victims not of COVID-19 cause, will be allowed, but limited to immediate family members.

“Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment and funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of the COVID-19 deceased shall be allowed but limited to immediate family members,” he said.

He also said that interzonal travel will be allowed, subject to the restrictions of the LGUs.

“Point-to-point travel to areas under GCQ and MGCQ shall be allowed without age restrictions subject to an RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement for those below 18 years old and above 65, and other protocols and restrictions as may be imposed by the DOT and the LGU of destination,” Roque said.

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