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IATF Eases Age Restrictions, Persons Aged 15-65 Now Allowed to Go Out

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has eased the quarantine age restrictions, expanding the age group allowed to go out amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 79 released on Friday, people aged 15 to 65 are now allowed to go out. […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuOct 16th, 2020

Duterte urged to allow seniors up to 70 to go out

Alarmed that three out of 10 Filipino elderly suffer from depression, Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes has appealed to President Duterte to include senior citizens up to 70-years-old in the list of persons who can go out. The lawmaker sought the expansion of the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits as provided by Resolution No. 79-2020 issued by Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). Under the IATF resolution, those aged 15 to 65 are allowed to go out. “Mr. President, I respectfully recommend that the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits provided by IATF Resolution No. 79-2020 be expanded to include senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old, instead of the proposed age of up to 65-years-old,” Ordanes said in a letter to President Duterte dated Oct. 21. “It is this representative’s humble opinion that expanding the coverage of IATF Resolution No. 79 to include senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old will help alleviate the social and economic difficulties that our 2.5 million senior citizens face due to COVID-19,” he explained. He expressed hope that his request be granted by Duterte by December. Ordanes noted that studies show that there is minimal risk in expanding the coverage of the IATF resolution, given the global decline of case fatality rates among the elderly. There is a minimal difference between the Infection Fatality Rates of those within the age of 65 and those within the age of 70, he said. “If the coverage of the resolution is expanded, 2.5 million of our senior citizens will be lifted out of depression which three out of 10 of our elderly suffer from today, as they will be allowed to engage again in social activities and be taken out of social isolation,” Ordanes said. He said by expanding the coverage of the IATF resolution, the government is economically empowering the elderly up to 70 years , as they are allowed to participate again in economic activities. “Mr. President, an expansion of the coverage of the IATF Resolution No. 79-2020 will pose minute differences from the overall risk that our senior citizen population is facing due to COVID-19. Comparatively, once the coverage is expanded, 2.5 million of our senior citizens will enjoy economic and social upliftment in their lives and welfare,” he said. “Thus, I respectfully ask for your consideration in increasing the exemptions to stay-at-home restrictions imposed on senior citizens up to the age of 70-years-old.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Metro Manila mayors recommend extended GCQ in NCR until end of 2020

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) the extension of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of the year. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA is composed of 17 mayors in the NCR.  “All our mayors agreed to recommend to the IATF to extend GCQ until December 31. It is easy to adjust gradually while under GCQ,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia  disclosed during a virtual press conference Monday, October 19.  “Mas mahirap na i-Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ na 100 percent tsaka mo babawasan, magkakaroon ng resistance iyan, mahirap i-control. Unlike GCQ tayo tapos gradually tayo nag-a-adjust ng mga capacity. This is the better move para tumakbo ang ekonomiya natin (It is hard to place NCR 100 percent under MGCQ.  Then if  you decrease the quarantine level, there will be resistance.  That’s hard to control. Unlike when we are still under GCQ and we gradually adjust the capacity. This move is better to help our economy),” Garcia explained. NCR is currently under GCQ until the end of October. The MMC also suggested that curfew in Metro Manila be shortened from the current 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Garcia said this is also the recommendation of the economic team in order to boost the economy which was badly affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “This is for our economy, for our establishments to earn more. More people are expected to dine at restaurants due to the change in the curfew hours,” he said. “All the mayors agreed to this. Of course, health protocols must be strictly observed at such establishments,” Garcia added. The mayors likewise agreed to allow persons aged 18 to 65 outside their homes.. “Our mayors pointed out that individuals aged 18 are the ones who are allowed to work, therefore, they are not out of their houses for leisure. Those below the said age are more prone to go out their houses just for leisure,” Garcia explained. Garcia said there is still nothing definite about the traditional “Simbang Gabi.” “There are recommendations to adjust the curfew during the start of ‘Simbang Gabi’ to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. But, this is not yet final. It is too early to talk about this. We will release a guideline by the end of November,” he said. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

IATF eases restrictions on gatherings, sports

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has further eased community quarantine restrictions by allowing a number of activities to resume in a limited capacity. “For those who want to worship or go to church, religious gatherings are now allowed, but [only] up to 10 percent. This will be effective […] The post IATF eases restrictions on gatherings, sports appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Orchard, Valley ease up restrictions on golfing seniors

The Orchard Golf and Country Club in Cavite and Valley Golf Club in Antipolo have allowed players aged 60-and-above to play but most clubs remain uncommitted to the golfing seniors pending the official guidelines from the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) on areas placed under general community quarantine (GCQ)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

Persons aged 15 to 65 now allowed to go out

Persons aged 15 to 65 now allowed to go out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Labella says no to cockfighting for Cebu City MGCQ, border checkpoints will stay

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) announced today, October 16, 2020, the further easing of quarantine restrictions under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). In the new IATF guidelines, those aged 15 years old to 65 years old may already go out, people can freely travel between MGCQ and general community quarantine (GCQ) […] The post Labella says no to cockfighting for Cebu City MGCQ, border checkpoints will stay appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

EOC wants certain restrictions to remain as IATF eases regulations for MGCQ areas

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is urging the Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella to maintain certain restrictions under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to prevent another rise of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. In a phone interview with reporters, Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementor of the […] The post EOC wants certain restrictions to remain as IATF eases regulations for MGCQ areas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Persons aged 15-65 can now go out

Noting a downtrend in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the government expanded yesterday the age group of people allowed to go outside their houses which is now 15 to 65 years old......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Persons aged 15 to 65 allowed to go out

Persons aged 15 to 65 allowed to go out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

IATF to finalize new age group allowed outside homes

The members of the government’s pandemic task force are set to finalize the new age group that would be allowed to go outside their homes as the country reopens the economy despite the ongoing pandemic, the Palace said Wednesday. Under the current policy, those aged below 21 and above 60 are required to stay home […] The post IATF to finalize new age group allowed outside homes appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Cabinet approves gradual expansion of persons allowed to go out

The government on Tuesday announced that it will let more people go out despite the pandemic still ongoing as it eases the age group restriction allowed to leave their homes, saying the move would unlikely add to the country's more than 344,000 coronavirus cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Church capacity: From 10 persons to 10%

The government has eased the restrictions on religious gatherings as churches were allowed to accommodate up to 10 percent of seating capacity......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2020

Now showing: Cinema Drive-In

As people adopt new habits apt for the changing times, businesses are also compelled to innovate and deliver new ways for everyone to experience the activities they have always enjoyed. One of these is recapturing the essence and joy of watching a film inside the halls of a cinema. While movie theaters still have yet to open, SM Cinema gives its patrons the perfect opportunity to see upcoming films through its newest out-of-home entertainment experience, the “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown”. A throwback to the good old days of drive-in theaters, SM Cinema relives this experience for a new generation to enjoy, bringing them a fresh avenue for a #SafeAndFunMovieWatching crusade from the comfort of their cars. Opening at SM City Pampanga Amphitheater, SM Cinema’s “Movies at Sundown” allows guests to watch movies on the big screen while observing social distancing rules set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Starting today, Friday, July 31, 2020, it will open to the general public featuring the movies’ “Train to Busan 2: Peninsula” and “My Spy. The “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown” experience A first in the Philippines, SM Cinema’s drive-in theater takes Filipino viewers to a new horizon of movie-watching. Guests will be assigned their own parking spots to be guided by traffic marshalls. Once settled, spectators can see the film of their choice on a 20m x 8m screen raised 3-feet above the ground, and will be asked to tune in to a specific frequency on their car’s FM radio to broadcast the audio straight into their vehicles. Guests can also choose the 6:30PM or 8:50PM schedules from July 31 to August 2. In the succeeding weeks, schedules will be every Thursday to Sundays at 6:45PM. And what’s a drive-in cinema without movie snacks? For a ticket price of only P400 per person, this gives viewers the chance to relish in a new cinematic experience paired with a free Regular Popcorn, Bottled Water, and Beef Franks from SnackTime. A #SafeAndFunMovieWatching for Filipinos Optimizing the best view for all guests, two (2) persons can be inside the car and a maximum of four (4) guests will be allowed. Attendees must also be between the ages 21 and 59, pursuant to the safety guidelines set by the IATF. For added safety, viewers will also be asked to stay inside their vehicles with their masks on and practice social distancing all throughout the duration of the movie. Tickets for SM Cinema’s “Movies at Sundown” must be purchased online in advance at www.smtickets.com to ensure an uninterrupted viewing experience. No tickets will be sold at the venue, and viewers are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before their scheduled screening. “At SM Cinema, we have always explored new dimensions in film screenings to give our viewers the best movie-watching experience they deserve. Now that new norms have come to us, we do our best to meet our audience where they’re at, all while presenting a safe and innovative movie entertainment setup that’s a first in the country,” said Ruby Ann Reyes, SM Cinema’s Vice President for Marketing. As a household name in film screening, SM Cinema brings back to its audience the joy of seeing movies on screen as they introduce a new way for people to catch their blockbuster favorites. Now available at SM City Pampanga—and soon in five other branches nationwide— catch the next big titles at the “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown” starting today, Friday, July 31, 2020 at SM City Pampanga. Purchase your tickets online via www.smtickets.com. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Gov’t further eases GCQ restrictions

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is further easing restrictions in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) despite COVID-19 cases continuing to rise. The IATF again revised the general guidelines for GCQ to allow visits to cemeteries and open memorial parks for a group not exceeding 10 people, who […] The post Gov’t further eases GCQ restrictions appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

IATF allows transit of lawyers of persons arrested for quarantine violations

The government's task force on the coronavirus pandemic has allowed the transit of lawyers representing persons who were arrested while the government is imposing the enhanced community quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020

World Roundup: & bull; Australia eases virus restrictions & bull; Tourism bubbles in Thailand up

Crowds of up 10,000 people will be allowed into Australian sports stadiums from next month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday, as COVID-19 restrictions are further relaxed......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 13th, 2020

DTI: Companion allowed for PWD, elderly, pregnant women in malls under MECQ

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Sunday that persons with disabilities (PWD) pregnant women, and senior citizens who will go to malls would be allowed a companion as part of easing restrictions under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo told The Manila Times in a text message that […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

Philippine golf braces for big return

Golfers could be back into the swing of things, along with tennis players and athletes from other non-contact individual sports hopeful to be allowed to resume operations once the government eases restrictions in connection with coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2020

IATF: Luzon lockdown restrictions cannot be lifted all at once

Nograles said the IATF is expected to discuss what industries and sectors would be allowed to resume operations, whether the quarantine should still cover the entire island of Luzon or only selected areas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

Things to remember when staying in a hotel under the new normal

Staying at a hotel during a vacation can leave lasting memories. One that is for keeps. But in this time of pandemic, your vacation may be a bit different. As the local governments starts to ease security protocols and border restrictions, your planned vacation might be happening sooner than later. Hotels are now allowed to […] The post Things to remember when staying in a hotel under the new normal appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2020