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TACLOBAN CITY, Aug. 27 (PIA) -- Per Executive Order 2020-08-037, Series of 2020, the quarantine status of Tacloban City was reverted back to General Community Quarantine  (GCQ) from Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), which started on August 24 until September 8, 2020.

This is aimed to further mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the city.

The GCQ status was implemented after Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez has requested to the National Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid 19 for the re-classification, considering the increasing number of Covid-positive cases in the city.

However, even if the city is placed under GCQ, Mayor Romualdez said that he has no plan to declare total lockdown in the city.

“I will not declare total lock down in the city because this will affect the flow of trade, commerce and government services, considering that Tacloban City is the regional center of the Eastern Visayas region,” the Mayor said.

Under the GCQ, there were some changes in the implemented guidelines such as the imposition of liquor ban, prohibition of mass gatherings, temporary closure of business establishments that are offering non-essential goods and services, and having curfew hours from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. in the morning. Customer capacity in food establishments was also reduced from 50 percent to 30 percent, same with religious activities where a maximum of 10 persons are allowed to hear masses. QR Scan system is likewise mandatory for all business transactions, among others.