Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila stays until October 15
MANILA, Philippines — Alert Level 4 will remain in effect in Metro Manila amid the COVID-19 pandemic until October 15, although some businesses will be allowed to expand operations, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Thursday.
Lopez made the announcement after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) met to discuss quarantine restrictions.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chief said the government’s pandemic task force has increased the allowable indoor capacities for dine-in services, in-person religious services and personal care services by 10%.
This means the allowed indoor capacity for the said activities is now at 20%, but this can also be increased up to 30% provided that the establishment was granted the safety seal certification.
In a separate announcement, Malacañang said the IATF allowed gyms and fitness studios to reopen under Alert Level 4 at a limited 20% capacity for fully vaccinated clients, given that all gym workers are also fully vaccinated.
Clients and service providers are likewise required to wear face masks at all times and no group activities will be allowed, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
He added that the IATF has also allowed community health workers to move within, into, and out of an area under granular lockdown if their institutions are unable to provide accommodations for them.
Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 4 last September 16 when the government piloted its new alert level system, with focus on granular lockdowns instead of region-wide quarantine restrictions.
The implementation of the new alert level system will only be for Metro Manila for now as the IATF thumbed down proposals to expand it to other areas.
Community quarantine classifications will remain in other areas beyond Metro Manila,
Roque said areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the second strictest classification, from Oct. 1 to 15 are:
Meanwhile, areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions starting Oct. 1 until Oct. 31 are:
-City of Santiago
-Zamboanga del Norte
-Zamboanga del Sur
-Cagayan de Oro City
-Davao del Norte
-Surigao del Sur.
Roque said Davao de Oro will also be under GCQ with heightened restrictions but only from October 1 to 15.
Areas under GCQ from Oct. 1 to 31 are:
-Davao del Sur
-General Santos City
-Agusan del Norte
-Agusan del Sur
-Surigao del Norte
-Lanao del Sur
The rest of the Philippines will be under the least restrictive modified GCQ, Roque said. #
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