President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce the new classifications of community quarantine in the country on August 17, 2020, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference on August 13.
Roque said Duterte is scheduled to deliver a public address to present the new quarantine rules nationwide starting August 18, 2020.
On July 30, 2020, Duterte downgraded the quarantine status in Cebu City to a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) from the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Aside from Cebu City, Duterte also initially implemented GCQ in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal from August 1 to 15.
GCQ was also imposed in Talisay City, Minglanilla, and Consolacion in Cebu province.
However, Duterte reverted Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal to MECQ from August 4 to 18 following the appeal of medical front-liners to avoid the collapse of the country’s health care system amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Modified GCQ (MGCQ), the least restrictive community quarantine, was implemented in the rest of the country until August 15. 2020.