Kids as young as 5 allowed to go out, IATF rules

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — The COVID-19 pandemic response task force has allowed children aged 5 and above to go outdoors in areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ, as long as the areas are not under "heightened restrictions."

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Friday said they can go to parks, playgrounds, outdoor tourist sites, outdoor non-contact sports courts, and al fresco dining with their parents or guardians. They are prohibited from entering malls even if the shopping malls have outdoor spaces.

The children are also required to wear face masks at all times.

The IATF said local governments can increase the age restriction depending on the COVID-19 situation in their area.

The task force has gradually eased travel restrictions on children, slowly lowering the age range for those allowed to go out of their homes for leisure trips.