Philippine capital to ease lockdown rules from Oct. 16

Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-13 21:38:57|Editor: huaxia

MANILA, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government will start easing the lockdown restrictions in Metro Manila starting on Oct. 16, allowing more public establishments in the capital to operate at limited capacities.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the inter-agency task force has approved some establishments and activities to operate at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity.

The task force allowed these establishments and activities "provided that all workers or employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the establishments strictly maintain minimum public health standards."

Those allowed include venues for meetings, conferences, and exhibitions; social events venues for weddings, birthdays, and family reunions; tourist attractions such as museums, parks, libraries, public gardens, and "scenic viewpoints."

Limited face-to-face or in-person classes for higher education and technical-vocational education and training are also allowed, as well as in-person religious gatherings such as wakes and funerals.

Residents of Metro Manila, home to over 13 million people, are allowed to travel, "subject to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities."

"Individual outdoor exercises shall also be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status," added the guidelines.

The Philippines now has nearly 2.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 7,181 new infections reported on Wednesday, the lowest caseload since Aug. 3. The death toll topped 40,000 with new 173 deaths. Enditem

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