NCR back to Alert Level 3 on Jan. 3-15 due to local Omicron cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 31)— Metro Manila will return to the stricter Alert Level 3 on Jan. 3-15 after the country confirmed its first local Omicron cases, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles announced just hours before New Year.

Nograles also said there's a "high possibility of local transmission" of the dreaded variant, based on the government's epidemiological investigation into the three local infections.

He also warned of a spike in active cases in the days ahead.

Before the announcement, the capital region was supposed to stay under Alert Level 2 until mid-January.

What to expect under Alert Level 3

Under Alert Level 3, activities allowed under the current Alert Level 2 status — like face-to-face classes, contact sports, funfairs, live voice and wind instrument events — are prohibited.

Intrazonal and interzonal travel will be allowed subject to restrictions imposed by local governments.

Operational capacities in select establishments and tourist attractions will also be scaled down to 30% indoor and 50% outdoor venue capacity.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals would still be allowed.

Operations of casinos are still prohibited. Gatherings in residences of individuals not belonging to the same household are also not allowed.