Gov. Yap announced in a press conference earlier today that Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte is placing the province of Bohol under the Modified General Community Quarantine from June 1 to June 15, 2020.
Last May 15, the IATF released the omnibus guidelines on community quarantine. Under the MGCQ guidelines:
a. We still need to follow public health standards like social distancing, wearing of facemasks, and observance of cleanliness which we implemented with our EO 8 and 15;
b. Indoor and outdoor non-contact sports and exercise like walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton ug skateboarding are allowed as long as we follow public health standards and there should be no borrowing of equipments; however we would like to clarify that basketball is not included;
c. Essential establishments like Hospitals, Botika, Agriculture, fishery and forestry industries, Supermarkets, Grocery Stores, food delivery service, Media establishments, dental clinics, Veterinary Clinics, banko, money transfer and remittance center, pawnshops, Telecommunications companies, internet and cable service providers, energy and power companies, water supply, sanitation and waste disposal services, electronic and commerce companies, legal, auditing, accounting and financial consulting services, other non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments ug BPOs (Business Process Outsourcing) will remain open as we did not close them even when we were under ECQ, however, we would like to remind them to follow minimum health standards;
d. Restaurants and fast food chains will remain open however dine-in is still prohibited; if the establishment will implement dine-in at 50% capacity, approach your Mayor and show that you are capable of following the miminum health standards and guidelines that the IATF is implementing; Your Mayor will give you clearance if you can operate at a 50% capacity;
e. Barber shops, salons and other personal care service establishments will remain open with only 50% of the venue capacity and will still follow minimum health standards;
f. Public and private transportation services will remain to operate and still follow social distancing, disinfection of vehicle, and following the guidelines from DOTr;
g. Suspension of face-to-face clases and co-curricular activities will still ne in place;
h. With regards to Mass gatherings, allow me to consult our Mayors first. It is important that this will be understood and agreed upon by our Mayors for they will be the ones who will implement the protocols in conducting mass gatherings. While there is still no final decision, mass gatherings like sports and civic events connected but not limited to foundation day and sectoral activities, fiesta celebrations, concerts or entertainment performances, are still prohibited;
i. Under the IATF Resolution No. 38, we still have to wait for upcoming IATF with regards to religious gatherings, services, and eucharistic celebrations
j. General curfew of 9PM-5AM is still ongoing;
Yap also announced that minors can now go on Fridays and Saturdays from 6am-6pm provided they are accompanied by their parents/guardians. For our senior citizens, 65 yrs old and above, their schedule will remain every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6am-6pm.
Gov. Art sadly divulged that we tried to appeal with the DILG if we can issue a back riders’ pass to allow wives and children to ride motorcycles, however Sec. Año simply declined and firmly stands on keeping the ”No Back Ride” policy.