MMDA issues new travel restrictions for Metro Manila under Alert Level 3

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has released a resolution reminding the public of travel restrictions that must be followed while under Alert Level 3.

MMDA Resolution No. 21-24 states, "The intrazonal and interzonal travel of persons below eighteen (18) years old shall be allowed provided that these persons shall be accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian at all times."

MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said identification proving such a relationship must be presented when asked.

"Ito'y ginagawa para proteksyunan ang ating mga bata. Mahirap kasi palaboy-laboy eh. Baka kung saan-saan magpunta-punta 'yung mga bata," Abalos said at a briefing on Tuesday.

[Translation: We are doing this to protect the children because they shouldn't be loitering.]

The resolution also states those who are below 18 and above 65 years old may go out, but only to buy essential goods or services, or if they work in an industry that is allowed to operate.

Metro Manila eased into Alert Level 3 on Oct. 16 and this will stay in place until the end of the month. 

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force approved guidelines on intrazonal and interzonal travel, saying it shall be allowed "subject to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities" as determined by local government units.

At Tuesday's briefing, Abalos also said mayors agreed on certain things for the upcoming holidays, including the suspension of the truck ban. The suspension of the number coding scheme will stay in place as well.

Meanwhile, mall sales in Metro Manila would only be allowed on weekends to prevent traffic gridlocks on weekdays.

Abalos added that they would speak with mall operators to move operating hours to open at 11 a.m. and close at midnight to help ease road congestion.

He said this arrangement may be enforced from Nov. 15, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022.

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio contributed to this report.