Children in Metro Manila now allowed to travel — Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5) — Minors in the National Capital Region may now go outside their homes and travel, Malacañang announced on Friday.

"Pinapayagan na po lumabas ang mga bata sa Metro Manila under Alert Level 2. Pwede na ang intrazonal at interzonal movement," Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual briefing.

[Translation: Children are now allowed to go out in Metro Manila under Alert Level 2. Intrazonal and interzonal movement is now allowed.]

Roque, however, clarified that local governments may still impose "reasonable restrictions" that must not be tighter than the guidelines under Alert Level 2.

Under this alert level, minors are also allowed in indoor establishments along with fully vaccinated individuals, regardless of their own inoculation status. 

Peryas (funfairs) and kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playrooms, and kiddie rides may now open their doors as well under Alert Level 2.

Previously, minors and those belonging to vulnerable sectors were only allowed outdoors for essential activities. Intrazonal and interzonal travel were also only allowed "subject to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities" as determined by local government units under Alert Level 3.

The Palace announced late Thursday that NCR will ease to Alert Level 2 from Nov. 5 to 21 as COVID-19 cases have significantly gone down.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, meanwhile, explained why Metro Manila's alert level assessment period did not fall within the 15th or 30th of the month as assigned by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for escalation or de-escalation.

"Nung atin pong napagdesisyunan ngayon, naka-dalawang linggo na po sila [NCR] sa Alert Level 3 . That's why it was already decided by IATF that they can already be deescalated," she said.

[Translation: By the time we decided on the matter, NCR was already under Alert Level 3 for two weeks.]