Complaints of being denied entry into supermarkets and malls have pushed the Palace to clarify that the government permits seniors to go out and work or purchase essential items.
In a press briefing early this month, Roque said that senior citizens were “never prohibited” from going outdoors.
Previously, National Commission of Senior Citizens chair Franklin Quijano called for groceries and shopping malls to provide a two-hour window for seniors after receiving complaints that they were not allowed inside. The two-hour period would also reduce their risk of getting infected, he said.
Under quarantine guidelines, any person below 21 years old and over 60, or with immunodeficiency, comorbidity or other health risks must stay home, unless they are going to work or are going to get essential goods or services.
Late last month, Malacañang asked seniors and other vulnerable citizens to stay home because of the spike in critical cases of Covid19.
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