The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has relaxed the age restrictions for areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), with those aged 10 to 65 years old now allowed go out of their homes starting February 1, 2021.
“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 IATF, 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 can 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.
Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua earlier proposed easing age restrictions in MGCQ areas to allow children to go shopping with their parents and help stimulate local businesses. CURRENTPH