November 13, 2021

The mayors of the National Capital Region are reviewing the rules for permitting children in malls.

As the region is currently on Alert Level 2, local chief executives in Metro Manila (MM) are poised to examine the guidelines permitting minors to walk outside and inside malls, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ano.

“The mayors of the MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) are also examining the age limitations for visiting the mall.” Despite the low number of Covid-19 cases, the epidemic is far from ended. “LGUs have the authority to impose limits as the circumstances requires,” Ao stated.

His comments came in reaction to a story about a two-year-old boy who was diagnosed with coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19) just days after visiting the mall.

“That’s a terrible pity. When asked for a response, Ao informed the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that “we are still advising everyone to follow the public health protocols and for parents to distinguish in bringing their children to the mall to be careful and only if it is necessary.”

As the government opens up additional establishments to promote the economy, minors in the National Capital Region and placed under Alert Level 2 have been granted intrazonal and interzonal movements.

From November 5 to 21, Metro Manila is on Alert Level 2, which means there are no age limitations for anyone leaving their houses.

Venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) have been authorized to operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and 70 percent capacity outside under the most recent classification.

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