(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the appeal of Cebu Province to de-escalate community quarantine restrictions, Malacañang announced Sunday evening, August 1, 2021.
From modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Cebu Province will now be under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until August 15.
The reclassification does not cover the highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a text message to SunStar.
"IATF still to meet on appeal of Cebu City," he said, referring to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, policy-making body for the country's pandemic response.
The three cities were placed on MECQ for August 1 to 15, along with Cebu Province, in IATF Resolution 130-A.
Laguna and Aklan, meanwhile, were escalated to MECQ from the current GCQ with heightened restrictions from August 1 to 15.
Apayao was likewise placed on ECQ from GCQ for the same period.
Under IATF Resolution 130-D, the heightened restrictions are as follows:,