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MGCQ Guidelines

for businesses

What is MGCQ?

The MGCQ (Modified General Community Quarantine) refers to the transition phase between GCQ and New Normal, when the following temporary measures are relaxed and become less necessary; limiting movement and transportation, the regulation of operating industries, and presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine protocols.

General Guidelines

  • Non-contact sports and other forms of exercises are allowed, provided that the minimum public health standards are still applied (wearing of face masks, social distancing, etc.)

  • Movement of all persons in areas under MGCQ shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate.

  • Mass gatherings (movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, religious services, work conferences, etc.) shall be allowed provided that participants are limited to fifty percent of the seating or venue capacity.

  • Persons below 21 years old and above 60 years old are not allowed to leave their house.

Limited face-to-face or in-person classes may be conducted in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) provided there is strict compliance with minimum public health standards, consultation with local government units, and compliance with guidelines set by the CHED.”

The Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the DepEd shall be adopted.

“Physical reporting for work is allowed in full capacity with alternative arrangements for those 60 and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women.”

  • There should be no tourism-related travel between GCQ and areas where no community quarantine is in place; and that travel for tourism purposes between areas under MGCQ to areas where no community quarantine is in place, while allowed, are still subject to regulations.

  • Sidecars are now allowed on national highways.

Construction workers accredited by the DPWH to work on facilities for healthcare and for risk reduction can resume

How does this affect my business?

  • Hotels – only those with DOT Certificate of Authority are allowed to operate
  • Salons – 50% of total venue capacity is allowed inside the venue
  • Dine-in restaurants, fastfood including those in supermarkets – max of 50% of venue capacity

Minimum Safety Guidelines

In compliance with safety protocols, a “no mask, no entry” rule should always be observed. Frequent sanitation and handwashing are encouraged and touching of surfaces and the face should be avoided. Stricter safety protocols are to be followed for higher-risk occupations, industries, and spaces.


For safe distancing, a 1 meter apart rule should always be observed — workspaces should be reconfigured to practice this. Workers who show symptoms are to discontinue work immediately. In addition, markers observing the 1 meter apart rule should be placed in public places. Private companies should adhere to return-to-work protocols. Employees are to work from home as default with exceptions of on-site work. Private shuttles should be provided and PCR confirmatory testing should be performed on employees.