Sun. Jan 24th, 2021

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is proposing to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) to allow children seven years old and above to enter malls.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said allowing children seven years old and above to enter malls will help reopen the domestic economy amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. He said this should be considered by the IATF as Christmas is fast approaching.

Current IATF guidelines only allow people 15 to 60 years old to go out in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).

The National Capital Region is currently under GCQ and the mayors of its 17 localities reportedly want to maintain that status until the end of the year to avoid a sudden increase in Covid-10 cases during the holidays.

Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Monday that the Metro Manila Council (MMC), which he heads, met on Sunday night together with IATF members to determine the NCR’s quarantine restrictions. The MMC is composed of NCR mayors and is also the highest policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. SOVEREIGNPH

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