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THE province of Batangas will remain under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions status from August 16 – 31, 2021, as per IATF Resolution No. 133-A.

“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, upon the recommendations of the Screening and Validation Committee, the IATF approves the following risk-level classifications of Provinces, Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs), and Independent Component Cities (ICCs) effective 16 August 2021:

  1. For Luzon:
    a. Ilocos Sur;
    b. Cagayan,
    c. Region IV-A: Quezon and Batangas; and,
    d. Naga City.
  2. For Visayas:
    a. Region VI: Antique, Bacolod City, and Capiz; and,
    b. Negros Oriental and Cebu.
  3. For Mindanao:
    a. Zamboanga del Sur;
    b. Misamis Oriental;
    c. Region XI: Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao Occidental, and
    Davao de Oro; and
    d. Butuan City.

The following provinces, HUCs, and ICCs shall be placed under General Community
Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until 31 August 2021, without prejudice to their reclassification as may be warranted and the declaration of localized
Enhanced Community Quarantine in critical areas:

The provinces, HUCs, and ICCs in the preceding paragraph shall observe and implement the following heightened restrictions:

  1. Food preparation establishments such as commissaries, restaurants, and eateries may operate with their indoor dine-in services at the venue or seating capacity of twenty percent (20%), and with their al fresco or outdoor dine-in services at the venue or seating capacity of fifty percent (50%).

2. Personal care services, such as beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas, may operate up to thirty percent (30%) of venue or seating capacity. For this purpose, these establishments shall only provide services that can accommodate the wearing of face masks at all times by patrons/clients and service providers.

3. Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) events and social events in venue establishments shall not be allowed;

4. Outdoor tourist attractions, as may be defined by the Department of Tourism (DOT), shall remain to be allowed at thirty percent (30%) venue capacity with strict adherence to minimum public health standards;

5. Under the Safety Seal Certification Program, business establishments awarded Safety Seal Certifications shall be allowed to operate at an additional 10 percentage points beyond the prescribed on-site capacity or venue/seating capacity, whichever is applicable;

6. Indoor sports courts and venues and indoor tourist attractions shall not be allowed to operate;

7. Specialized markets of the DOT such as Staycations without age restrictions shall remain to be allowed at such capacities, protocols, and restrictions as may be imposed by the DOT;

8. Interzonal travel shall be allowed subject to restrictions of the local government unit of destination. Point-to-Point travel to areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine shall be allowed without age restrictions subject to an RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement for those below eighteen years old (18) and above sixty-five (65), and other protocols and restrictions as may be imposed by the DOT and the Local Government Unit of destination;

9. Religious gatherings shall be allowed up to ten percent (10%) of the venue capacity. Provided that, there is no objection from the local government unit where the religious gathering may take place. Provided, further, that the LGU may increase the allowable venue capacity up to thirty percent (30%). The religious denominations should strictly observe their submitted protocols and the minimum public health standards.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 shall be allowed, provided that the same shall be limited to immediate family members, upon satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased and with full compliance with the prescribed minimum public health standards for the duration of the activity; and

10. Other provisions of the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, as amended, not affected by the foregoing shall continue to be in effect including those on interzonal travel into and out of the aforementioned areas and the operation of public transportation. The use of active transportation shall likewise be promoted.

G. All areas shall continue to implement the following measures:

On health systems capacity and projections:

a. Provide for additional COVID-19 and intensive care unit beds based on estimates, following DOH Department Memorandum No. 2021-0327 or the Interim Guidelines on COVID-19 Surge Response Plan for Health Facilities, issued on 23 July 2021.

b. Consider converting hospitals to COVID-19 hospitals;

c. Reinforce utilization of Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities;

and,

d. Accelerate vaccination among Priority Groups A2 (Senior Citizens) and A3 (Persons with Comorbidities, and Pregnant Women) to significantly reduce hospitalizations.

On current community quarantine classification framework and observations:

a. Emphasize the Prevent – Detect – Isolate – Treat – Reintegrate Strategy as the center of COVID-19 response;

b. Communicate clearly the rationale for the community quarantine classification;

c. Explore more regional and local accountability and ownership for community quarantine imposition at the regional and local levels;

maintain and observe the metrics to be followed by regional and local IATFs; and

d. Capacitate regional and local IATFs.”

Source: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/…/resolution-no-133…/

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