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Extension of Alert Level 2 in Metro Manila imposed until November.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | November 20, 2021
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Restrictions are lessened under the pandemic, starting with lowering of alert levels in Metro Manila, which affects travel and transportation in the area. In addition, President Duterte orders to make it only voluntary to use face shields. Leisure activities like watching movies in cinemas are also open again but only to fully vaccinated folks. Health concerns focus on the safety of children as well.

Lockdown News: Metro Manila under Alert Level 2 until November 30

The national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) released the updated alert level system in the entire country [1]. This system will be in effect until November 30.

Under the updated alert level systems, Metro Manila will be under Alert Level 2 and Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Davao Region. The rest of the alert levels are the following:

Alert Level 2
●Ilocos region
●Easter Visayas
●City of Santiago
●Bicol region
●Zamboanga peninsula

Alert Level 3
●Baguio City
●Nueva Vizcaya
●City of Isabela
●Zamboanga City

The announcement has yet to be made for the remaining areas.

Transportation News: Face shield use is now optional for all train passengers.

The operators of Metro Manila rails announced that they will now allow optional face shield use in transportation as President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to make it only voluntary to wear face shields [2] for all passengers. However, doctors and health experts urged the public to use face shields, especially children, to add another layer of protection.

Travel Updates: Metro Manila mayors are planning to implement a trip ban for unvaxxed children.

Metro Manila mayors are now planning to meet to discuss a possible trip and transportation ban for unvaccinated children after the news broke that a two-year-old boy tested positive for COVID-19 [3].Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. announced that the announcement would be soon. The meeting will include discussions of guidelines and health protocols for children going outdoors. One of the potential rules in the policy will be a travel ban for unvaccinated children. The government will make more guidelines under the supervision of pediatric experts.

Children between 12 to 17 years old are now receiving their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. So far, none have reported terrible health side effects [3]. Children were previously not allowed to go outside in lockdown.

Entertainment News: Various Metro Manila cinemas opened

The Cinema Exhibitors Association Of the Philippines released a list of cinemas that are now open to fully vaccinated individuals [4]. During the lockdown, indoor leisure facilities like cinemas were closed.

The following are the list of mall cinemas in Metro Manila that have reopened:

●Glorietta 4
●Power Plant
●Lucky Chinatown
●Festival Mall
●Manila Bay
●Fairview Terraces
●Santolan Town Plaza
●Bonifacio High Street
●Market Market

Health protocols like wearing face masks and proper social distancing apply. Cinema-goers are also allowed not to use face shields.

Shopping News: Bazaars and flea markets are allowed to operate in Valenzuela City.

The Valenzuela City local government now allows tiangge and bazaars in the area starting last November 13 per the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) resolution No. 21 to 27. The resolution indicates that small businesses can operate during the holiday season as long as vendors and organizers are all fully-vaccinated. As proof, all staff and vendors must present their COVID-19 vaccination cards [5].

Health: Duterte lifts mandatory face shield use in areas under Alert Levels 1 to 3

President Rodrigo Duterte announced last November 15 that the use of face shields is now not required in areas with low COVID-19 cases and alert levels. Face shield use is now not mandatory in areas under Alert Levels 1 to 3. However, it is still compulsory in areas under granular lockdowns and Alert Level 5. As for Alert Level 4, it is up to the local governments and private establishments to implement whether face shield use will be mandatory [6].

The public can now use face shields voluntarily, but other health practices like wearing face masks will remain.

Visit Yoorekka 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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