- Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao Del Sur, Iligan City, Davao City, and Davao Del Norte remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) for January
- Isabela and its city of Santiago also under GCQ
- All other areas in the country placed on modified GCQ status
Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao Del Sur, Iligan City, Davao City, and Davao Del Norte will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) from January 1 to 31, 2021.
Isabela and its city of Santiago are also placed under GCQ for January, President Rodrigo Duterte announced in a late night public address televised on December 28.
All other areas in the country will remain under the less stringent modified GCQ (MGCQ).
The quarantine classifications are still subject to local government units’ (LGU) appeal for change.
In GCQ areas, the logistics sector is allowed to operate at full capacity, according to the latest omnibus guidelines on the implementation of community quarantines.
The road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation are also allowed to operate at reduced operational and vehicular capacity in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
All public transport vehicles should also observe a strict one-meter distance between passengers and put appropriate engineering controls in place.
MGCQ, which is the transition phase to the “new normal,” has more relaxed measures than GCQ in terms of limiting movement and transportation, regulating the operations of industries, and fielding uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine protocols.
Road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation will be allowed to operate at a capacity based on guidelines issued by the DOTr.
Private transportation will also be allowed, again subject to DOTr guidelines.
Within and across areas placed under any form of community quarantine, movement of all types of cargoes via land, air, and sea should remain unhampered. Likewise, workers in the logistics sector, such as cargo, trucking, courier delivery and port operations, should be allowed to transit across areas placed under any form of community quarantine.
All LGUs are directed to strictly abide by this national policy, provided that only up to five personnel may operate cargo and delivery vehicles by land, with or without load.
LGUs and local health units are also enjoined not to issue orders contrary to or inconsistent with said directive.