MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite will be placed under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) bubble to address the rising COVID19 cases in the Philippines from March 22, 2021 to April 4, 2021, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Sunday.
Consequently, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced the suspension of operations of driving schools, amusement and recreation industries like traditional cinemas and video and interactive game arcades, libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers.
The maximum venue capacity for essential business gatherings and religious events and the operational capacity for dine-in restaurants and cafes, and personal care were also reduced to thirty percent (30%) and fifty percent (50%), respectively.
As of the time of writing, the Department of Health announced 8,019 new confirmed cases of COVID-19- the highest count since the outbreak started. In addition, 103 people recovered and 4 people died.
Malacañang continues to emphasize that Filipinos should follow existing health protocols such as wearing face masks and face shields and compliance with social distancing measures.