The term “NCR Plus” becomes a trending topic on Twitter after being a cause of laughter for netizens. This was following Palace Spokesperson Harry Roque’s press briefing where he elaborates on the tighter quarantine restrictions, “I think it’s a shortcut term referring to Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna.” Here are some of the funniest reactions to his statement.
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Roque clarifies that the “GCQ Bubble” is not a lockdown. “We just imposed restrictions on mobility. The economy remains open.” He believes this will result in at least a 25% drop in COVID-19 cases, with 7,757 confirmed cases reported on Sunday, March 21. He adds, “We all know that the tried and tested formula for preventing the further increase in cases of COVID is to stay at home,” after urging the public to stay at home except for essential activity. While the Palace Spokesperson is now in an isolation facility, he invokes his right to privacy in airing his positive test results.
Because of the surge of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Interagency Task Force imposes GCQ on these areas from March 22, 2021, to April 4, 2021. In case you’re still confused, here are the guidelines.
- Only essential travel is allowed to and from Metro Manila and the four nearby provinces
- Minors and people over 65, pregnant women, and immunocompromised individuals should stay home
- Curfew hours from 10 PM to 5 AM
- Weddings, Baptisms, and Funeral services are limited to 10 persons
- Mass gatherings are still prohibited
- Indoor dining is discouraged. Outdoor dining is allowed at 50% capacity. Takeout and delivery are recommended instead.
- Face masks and shields are required in public.