MMDA chairman Benjamin Abalos last week agreed with the Inter-Agency Task Force’s proposal to ease the age restrictions in Metro Manila.
Abalos said during a meeting with the multi-agency body that there was a recommendation to lower the age of those allowed out down to as young as 10 years old “because the economy is suffering so much.”
“The Metro Manila mayors said instead of 10, why not just make it 15 first, which for me is also good,” he said. “We want [to open] the economy but it should be done slowly.”
He added that lowering the age of restriction to 15 years old was not “too drastic” and could always be reversed should a rise in Covid19 cases be observed.
However, experts have voiced concerns that allowing teens as young as 15 to 17 was still “too early”.
Currently, only those aged 18 to 65 are allowed to go outside their homes.