Following the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Alert Level 4 status, under the national government’s new Covid19 alert level system, was given an implementation extension and continues to be enforced within Metro Manila.
Last September 16, the national government opted to trial run an alternative pandemic response plan to rigid lockdowns, wherein areas will be given an alert level that runs from one to five, while illness hotzones will be placed under granular lockdown.
This plan seeks to allow for the economy to safely begin its recovery by allowing certain businesses and establishments once prohibited under the strict lockdowns, to resume limited operations.
According to Depratment of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez, amidst the continuing Alert Level 4 status, businesses such as indoor dining establishments, in-person religious activities, and personal care, were given additional leeway of 10% in their operation capacities once granted safety seal certfication.
Exercise establishments such as gyms and fitness studios are now allowed to resume operation as well, so long as personnel are fully vaccinated, and with a 20% capacity limit for fully vaccinated individuals.
Minimum public health safety protocols such as face mask use must still be maintained according to the IATF-EID, while group activities are still prohibited.
The IATF-EID further added that community health care workers have the mobility to move inand out of granular lockdown areas, should their workplaces be unable to provide them with accommodations.
While the alert level system remains on pilot testing in Metro Manila, other areas of the country continue to adhere to the usual lockdown classifications, based on their local Covid19 situation.
As of September 30, a total of 138,294 Covid19 infections remain active throughout the nation.