The age restrictions for areas modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) has been relaxed, with those aged 10 to 65 years old now allowed to step out of their homes starting February 1, 2021, Malacañang announced Friday.
“Sa MGCQ, ano po ‘yun inapruban? Pupuwede na pong lumabas ang mga bata na may edad 10 gulang hanggang senior citizens na 65 years (In areas under MGCQ, what has been approved? Those aged 10 to 65 years old including senior citizens can now leave their homes),” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced over PTV.
Under the previous policy of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease, individuals aged 15 to 65 years old were the only ones allowed to leave their homes.
However, for areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), the local government will have to decide on age restrictions.
“Yung mga lokal na pamahalan sa lugar na GCQ, hinihikayat po sana payagan lumabas ang 10 to 65 pero desisyon pa rin yan ng lokal na pamahalaan (For local governments under GCQ, we urge that those 10 to 65 years old be allowed to leave their homes, but the decision is still with the local government),” he added.
It was acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua who earlier proposed easing age restrictions. SOVEREIGNPH