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The granular lockdown continues in Metro Manila.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | September 25, 2021
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By the end of September, the granular lockdown continues in Metro Manila, with residents abiding by protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force. Due to the heightened alert level in the National Capital Region (NCR), new sets of protocols and prohibitions shall be followed regarding travel, dining, shopping, and everyday lives of Metro Manila residents. Vaccination and COVID-19 testing are also resumed in the entire region.

Lockdown News: 140 areas in NCR are under granular lockdown

In all 72 barangays in Metro Manila, 140 areas are under granular lockdown, according to reports by the Philippine National Police (PNP) [1].

The granular lockdown began last September 16 when Metro Manila shifted to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with an Alert level 4 status. During the lockdown, restrictions in indoor dining and operations of personal care services are eased. Metro Manila local government units also adjusted curfew periods to 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM. Other protocols under the Alert Level 4 include operation suspension of the following facilities [2]:

● Cinemas
● Hotel staycations
● KTV bars, clubs, bars, theaters, and concert halls,
● Indoor events, conference, meeting, and incentives venues
● Social events like birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions
● Amusement parks (both indoors and outdoors)
● Indoor face to face classes unless approved by the government
● Libraries and other cultural hubs (museums, archives, exhibits, and galleries)
● All contact sports unless under LGU-approved bubble-type setup
● Betting and gambling venues
● Fitness centers and indoor leisure facilities
● Wellness establishments for acupuncture, electrocautery, massage therapy)
● Home services for wellness activities
● Aesthetic clinics, salons, and holistic centers

Individuals with ages below 18 and above 65 years old are not allowed to go outside and pregnant women and persons with comorbidities. It will also vary if the individual will be getting essentials.

Meanwhile, these are allowed under the Alert Level 4:

● Alfresco dining for 30% of the venue capacity
● Indoor dining but only for vaccinated individuals (10% of the venue’s capacity)
● Outdoor setup of personal care services as long as under 30% capacity
● Indoor personal care services for fully vaccinated individuals at 10% capacity
● Outdoor exercises for all ages and vaccination status
● Intrazonal and interzonal travel for APORs
● Wakes, funerals, and necrological services for those who died from non-COVID-19 cases.

Under the granular lockdown, only OFWs bound for international travel can leave areas under this classification. Other authorized persons include those who need emergency medical attention, food, essential delivery services, and those who want to live in the areas for the entire duration. Food stubs will be given to households affected.

Travel Updates: Heightened police presence implemented in outdoor areas.

All PNP personnel in Metro Manila were ordered to monitor outdoor tourist spots in Metro Manila, PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar mentioned last September 17 [3]. According to Eleazar, the heightened presence of policemen will remind the public to follow and observe safety protocols during the Alert Level 4 status in the area. This announcement came soon after Rizal Park and other outdoor landmarks reopened under limited capacity and shortened operating hours.

Health News: Taguig City continues rapid testings for residents during the granular lockdown.

Taguig City will resume its free RT-PCR testing for residents amidst the GCQ and Alert Level 4 status in Metro Manila. Mayor Lino Cayetano said that consistent testing is part of the national government’s “Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate” strategy in containing COVID-19 cases. 1,000 free RT-PCR tests are conducted in Taguig City daily—which also led them to get the record for the most RT-PCR tests in the NCR according to the Department of Health (DOH) [4]

The government is preparing for the vaccination of minors.

With pre-registrations ongoing for several NCR cities, the COVID-19 vaccination program of the youth population is currently in the process of development, according to vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr last September 17 [5]. Once the preparation reaches its saturation point, vaccine rollout will start for those below 18 years old. Expert approvals and recommendations are needed to jumpstart the inoculation.

Currently, areas under Metro Manila such as Manila City, Caloocan, Pateros, and Taguig have started to accept pre-registration for minors.

Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Metro Manila!

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.


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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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