Ever since the beginning of the pandemic in March of last year, minors have been under lockdown in their homes. Given the de-escalation of Metro Manila to Alert Level 2, children can now go out to malls and similar places.
Alert Level 2’s restrictions are focused on the operational capacity of various establishments. There are no restrictions based on age.
“Children in Metro Manila are allowed to go out under alert level 2,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. “Intrazonal and interzonal movement is allowed.” However, he added, ‘reasonable restrictions’ may be imposed by local governments. Quezon City, for example, has “minor safety hours” wherein kids are to stay home from 10PM to 5AM.
A 50% capacity for a limited number of face-to-face classes have also been allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). This is still subject to certain conditions.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that unlike the rest of the population, the risks of children that go out amidst the pandemic aren’t as high. Given that, she said, the government doesn’t have to wait for more vaccinated children before businesses open.
“We need to inform and give assurance to the people that the children—they are the least vulnerable. Like in face-to-face classes and in visiting establishments, as long as we do the safety protocols, mothers will protect them,” Vergeire explained at a Malacañang briefing.
“[If] the parents are vaccinated, the vaccination of children need not be a hindrance for us to reopen more industries,” she added.