Ebrahim asks public to follow quarantine rules as BARMM shifts to MGCQ


Bangsamoro government Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim reminded Sunday, May 31, the public to observe quarantine protocols as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) shifts to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting Monday, June 1, from GCQ.

While the quarantine protocols will be relaxed, Ebrahim said the Bangsamoro people still have to be cautious and not let their guards down.

“Let us protect our communities the way we would protect ourselves and families. The health standards we have now, such as frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance, and wearing of face masks are for everyone’s safety therefore let us continue observing it,” he said.

Under the MGCQ, Bangsamoro Cabinet Secretary and Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force spokesperson Mohd Asnin Pendatun said residents of the region of all ages are permitted to leave their houses, given they practice minimum health standards.

Pendatun advised the public to limit movement to essential travels or transactions while under MGCQ.

“We would like to remind everyone that our battle against Covid-19 is not yet over. We still have a long way to go and we strongly suggest you follow the public health guidelines and the minimum public health standards that we repeatedly remind,” he added.

Under GCQ, ages 20 below and 60 up are not allowed to go out, especially the immunocompromised, comorbid, and citizens with other health risks.

Social and religious gatherings such as movie screenings and non-essential work activities are now allowed in MGCQ, but “the participants shall be limited to fifty percent (50%) of the venue seating capacity.”

However, the BARMM’s Regional Darul Ifta’ has yet to make any official announcements on the approval of Islamic religious gatherings as of posting time.