MANILA – Children as young as five years old can now go outdoors despite the current 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (Covid-19), as long as they reside in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ (MGCQ).
This, after the Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Thursday approved further easing of age restrictions in the GCQ and MGCQ areas, Presidential spokesperson Harry said. Roque, in a press release.
Roque, also acting as a spokesperson for IATF-EID, said areas under the GCQ “with increased restrictions” are not covered by the new policy.
âThe interagency task of Thursday, July 8, 2021 enabled children aged 5 years and over, under the risk classification of Modified General Community Quarantine and General Community Quarantine, except those subject to increased restrictions, to go to outside areas, âhe said. noted.
Roque said children can only go to outdoor areas such as parks, playgrounds, beaches, cycle and hiking trails, outdoor tourist spots and attractions as defined by the ministry. Tourism, including on outdoor contactless sports grounds and venues, et al. -fresco catering establishments.
Mixed-use indoor or outdoor buildings and facilities such as shopping malls and similar establishments are not included in outdoor spaces allowed for children, Roque said.
Roque said children who come out have to follow strict health protocols.
âIn addition, children must be supervised by adults and meet minimum public health standards, such as wearing face masks and social distancing,â he said.
Local government units, Roque said, could increase the age limit for children, depending on the Covid-19 situation in their respective jurisdictions.
Laguna and Cavite were placed under GCQ “with increased restrictions”, while Metro Manila, Rizal and Bulacan were placed under GCQ “with certain restrictions” until July 15.
Other areas under GCQ status until July 31 include Baguio City, City of Santiago, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Batangas, Quezon, Guimaras, Aklan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Antique, Capiz, Zamboanga Sibugay, City of Zamboanga , Iligan City, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Cotabato, South Cotabato, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Cotabato City.
Under the previous IATF-EID policy, only persons aged 15 to 65 are allowed to leave their residence.
However, the IATF-EID in February allowed people aged 10 to 65 to go out for non-essential activities. (ANP)