Metro Manila Mayors Want GCQ Extended to June

Metro Manila mayors said they were recommending that the GCQ or general community quarantine in the capital region, set to expire at the end of the month Monday, be extended to June.

The GCQ, however, should allow more businesses to operate, said Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who heads the Metro Manila Council.

Businesses that mayors want to allow to operate at limited capacity include meeting centers, and conference venues, he told Teleradyo.

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Mayors also want to keep the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew until June, Olivarez said, noting that policies cannot be fully relaxed to contain the virus situation.

Some 24 million people in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal were under GCQ "with heightened restrictions" for two weeks after more than a month of strict community quarantine to arrest a surge in COVID-19 infections.

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President Rodrigo Duterte is set to decide fresh community quarantine protocols on Monday, Health Sec. Francisco Duque III earlier said.

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