Here are the things you can do under Alert Level 2 that you couldn’t do before – Manila bulletin


Metro Manila residents will wake up to relaxed Alert Level 2 protocols on Friday, November 5.

But what exactly has changed in terms of the possibility and the inability to do with the de-escalation of the National Capital Region (NCR) to Alert Level 2 from Alert Level 3? Well, there are a handful of changes in the latest Interagency Working Group (IATF) Guidance for the Alert Level System (ALS) Pilot Implementation for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) to date. of 4 November 2021.

According to the 12-page document, Alert Level 2 covers “areas where transmission of cases is low and declining, health care utilization is low, or the number of cases is low but increasing,” or the number of cases is low and declining but the total utilization rate of beds and intensive care unit utilization rate is increasing ”.

Below Alert Level 2, the majority of commercial establishments and services are now allowed to operate or be undertaken “at a maximum of 50 percent of the capacity of indoor sites for fully immunized people and even those under. 18 years old, even if they are not vaccinated, and 70 percent of the external capacity ”.

“Provided that all workers / employees in these establishments are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and MPHS (minimum public health standards) must be strictly maintained. Provided further that there is no objection on the part of LGUs (local government units) where these activities can take place, ”the guidelines indicate.

Compare this to the old capacity of indoor sites of 30% for fully vaccinated people and 50% of the capacity of outdoor sites below Alert Level 3. There was no provision for minors regardless of the condition. immunization status under Alert Level 3, which was first implemented less than three weeks ago. .

The prohibited activities under Alert Level 3 that have received IATF approval under Alert Level 2 are as follows:

– Limited face-to-face or face-to-face lessons for basic education subject to the prior approval of the Presidency;

– Contact sports approved by the LGU where these games must be organized;

– Fairgrounds / peryas and children’s entertainment industries such as playgrounds, playrooms and children’s rides;

– Places with performers and audiences of voices or wind instruments such as karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls and theaters; and

– Gatherings in residences with individuals not belonging to the same household.

“Government agencies and bodies must remain fully operational and must meet at least 50% of on-site capacity while enforcing homework and other flexible working arrangements,” the guidelines say. The capacity authorized on site at alert level 3 was only 30%.

During this time, casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and the operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops and other gaming establishments “will not be permitted to operate or be undertaken in areas classified at alert level 2, unless authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President “.

The other establishments and services authorized under alert level 2 that will operate on the basis of the 50% indoor and 70% outdoor rule are as follows:

– Meeting places, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE);

– Allowed venues for social events such as parties, wedding receptions, engagement parties, wedding anniversaries, debut and birthday parties, family reunions, and baby or bridal parties;

– Tourist or tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibitions, parks, squares, public gardens, panoramic viewpoints or belvederes, etc.

– Amusement parks or theme parks;

– Leisure places such as cybercafés, billiard halls, game rooms, bowling lanes, skating rinks, archery halls, swimming pools and other similar places;

– Cinemas and cinemas;

– Limited face-to-face or face-to-face lessons for basic education subject to the prior approval of the Presidency; *

– Limited face-to-face or face-to-face courses for higher education and for technical-vocational education and training;

– In-person religious gatherings, gatherings for neurological services, vigils, burials and funerals for people who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the remains of the deceased COVID-19;

– Licensing or entry / qualification exams administered by their respective government agency, and specialty exams authorized by the IATF subject to health and safety guidelines approved by the IATF;

– On-site catering services for food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants and catering establishments subject to sectoral protocols of the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry);

– Personal care establishments such as barber shops, hair spas, barber shops and nail spas, and those that offer aesthetic / cosmetic services or procedures, makeup services, salons, spas, reflexology and other similar procedures, including in-home service options, subject to industry protocols of the DTI;

– Fitness studios, gymnasiums and places for non-contact exercises and sports, subject to specific protocols for the DTI sector. Provided that clients / customers and workers / employees wear face masks at all times and that no group activity is conducted; and

– Film, music and television production, subject to common guidelines that may be issued by DTI, DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) and DOH (Department of Health).

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced Thursday evening the lowering of the alert level in the NCR or in the Metro Manila area. The metropolis will remain under alert level 2 until November 21, 2021.



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