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Finally, a boost to the economy! IATF places Metro Manila under Alert Level 2

Nov 5, 2021, 3:25 AM
James Veloso

James Veloso

Writer

Under Alert Level 2, additional business establishments are allowed to operate, or be undertaken at a maximum of 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and those below 18 years of age, even if unvaccinated, and 70 percent outdoor venue capacity provided that workers of the said establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

IN what could be another step towards our pre-pandemic situation, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) heeding the calls of health experts and economists, decided to place Metro Manila under a “more relaxed” Alert Level 2 quarantine classification from Friday (November 5) to November 21.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, November 4, 2021, approved the de-escalation of the National Capital Region to Alert Level 2. This shall take effect beginning November 5, 2021 until November 21, 2021,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque said the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF), together with the Regional Task Forces and Regional IATFs, were directed to provide weekly feedback on the progress and implementation on all areas identified for Alert Level System roll-out to the IATF.

The IATF, he said, also amended the guidelines on the implementation of Alert Levels System for Covid-19 Response in pilot areas to clarify the allowed movement of persons under varying alert levels.

Allowed establishments

Under Alert Level 2, the following are allowed to operate, or be undertaken at a maximum of 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and those below 18 years of age, even if unvaccinated, and 70 percent outdoor venue capacity provided that workers of the said establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19:

•Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE)

•Permitted venues for social events (parties, wedding receptions, family reunions, and bridal or baby showers)

•Visitor or tourist attractions (libraries, museums, galleries, parks, plazas, public gardens, scenic viewpoints)

•Amusement parks or theme parks

•Recreational venues (internet cafes, billiard halls, arcades, bowling alleys, swimming pools, and similar venues)

•Cinemas and movie houses

•Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for basic education subject to prior approval of the Office of the President

•Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training

•In-person religious gatherings; gatherings for necrological services, wakes, and funerals for Covid-19 cremains and non-Covid-19 deaths

•Licensure or entrance/qualifying examinations and authorized specialty examinations

•Dine-in services of food preparation establishments

•Personal care establishments such as barbershops, spas, salons, and other similar procedures, including home service options

•Fitness studios, gyms, and venues for individual non-contact exercise and sports

•Film, music, and television production

•Contact sports approved by the LGU

•Funfairs/peryas or kid amusement industries (playgrounds, playroom, and kiddie rides)

•Venues with live voice or wind-instrument performers and audiences (karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters)

•Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household

Roque earlier said there is a "big possibility" that Metro Manila will be eased to Alert Level 2 before the forthcoming holidays.

Quiapo Church

This, as According to news reports, churchgoers immediately flocked to Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila Friday morning, coinciding with the so-called “Quiapo Friday” or the traditional day of worship for devotees of the Black Nazarene.

With the Alert Level 2 announced by the IATF, about 500 persons are allowed inside the church or up to 50 percent of the capacity.

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