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Update on Metro Manila New Quarantine Level

METRO MANILA – The Philippine government announced a new community quarantine level in the capital region starting October 16, 2021.

The whole Philippines is still on a battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation remains under community quarantine measure as the threats of coronavirus remain to put lives at risk. Currently, Metro Manila is under granular or localized lockdowns wherein the alert level system is observed thus measures among cities may differ depending on the situation.

Previously, the Department of Health (DOH) stressed that the widespread uniform lockdown may no longer be very effective as the people need to go out for work. The pandemic task force pushed through with the localized lockdowns.

Recently, the pandemic task force has decided on the community quarantine measure in Metro Manila. Inter-agency task force spokesperson Harry Roque announced the decision of the IATF.

Metro Manila
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Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the pandemic task force approved to downgrade the community quarantine measure in Metro Manila to Alert Level 3. According to Roque, it is effective starting October 16 to October 31.

Under the new community quarantine measure, the businesses are allowed to a maximum of 30% of their venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals. For the outdoor capacity, the maximum is 50%. Under the Alert Level 3, the following are still prohibited:

  • face-to-face classes for basic education with exceptions to those approved by the Office of the President
  • contact sports except those conducted under bubble-type
  • funfair or kid amusement centers including playgrounds
  • venues with live voice
  • horse racing, cockfighting, and cockpit operations except for those authorized by the IATF
  • gatherings in residences by people not belonging to the same house

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