Laoag City reverts to localized GCQ starting Jan. 11

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA) – In light of the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, the City of Laoag was placed anew under a localized general community quarantine (GCQ) starting Monday, January 11.
During the press briefing of Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, he confirmed the declaration of community quarantine in the said city as he issued Executive Order No. 110-21 that states the governing rules needed to be implemented to contain the cases.


GCQ AGAIN. Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc (left) announces during a press briefing on Monday, January 11, the declaration of a localized general community quarantine in Laoag City. (photo by MJTAB/PIA Ilocos Norte)

“We’re declaring Laoag City under GCQ because of the recent rise in cases. In fact, if we are to follow DOH (Department of Health), I think we’re already recommended to be under modified enhanced community quarantine but due to the economic impact, we have chosen to escalate only to GCQ. That’s for Laoag City,” the Governor said.
Under the new order, movement of residents is only limited to accessing essential goods and services, and work purposes.

Movement for leisure purposes is disallowed.
Moreover, the curfew and liquor ban in the city is from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. except for essential workers who are functioning official duties beyond the curfew hours.
As to the mass gatherings, the provincial government is prohibiting movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, and non-essential work gatherings in the city.
Religious gatherings can only be allowed at 30 percent of the seating capacity with a maximum of 40 people in outdoor or well-ventilated venues.
With this present situation of COVID-19 in Laoag City, the young governor is hopeful this will be managed as the city government, provincial government, and residents work hand-in-hand to flatten the curve.
As of 12:00 noon today, there are 124 active cases, 297 recoveries, and 421 total confirmed cases.

No new confirmed case is added in their official tally today. (JCR/AMB/MJTAB/PIA Ilocos Norte)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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