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Alert Level 3 Now In Effect In Metro Manila And Other Cities

Alert Level 3 Now In Effect In Metro Manila And Other Cities

As the threat of another surge in COVID-19 cases threatens the country, authorities have decided to place Metro Manila and other cities back to Alert Level 3. What are its implications? Where can you go and what activities are allowed? Learn more about the Alert Level 3 guidelines here.

A Recap of Alert Level Systems

Last September 2021, the government had the pilot implementation of Alert Level Systems in the National Capital Region.

Depending on the area’s transmission rate, hospital bed utilization rate, and intensive care utilization rate, the government categorizes these areas under Alert Level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 — with level 5 having the strictest restrictions. This system replaces previous quarantine classifications since the beginning of the pandemic.

While Metro Manila has never been under Alert Level 5, the authorities have placed it under Alert Levels 4 and 3 before experiencing Alert Level 2 at the beginning of November 2021.

Metro Manila Experienced Alert Level 2 Until After the Holidays

Weeks before and during the Christmas holidays, Filipinos were able to enjoy the following activities under Level 2:

  • Meetings, conferences, and exhibitions
  • Gatherings in residences with people not belonging to the same household
  • Social events
  • Tourist attractions and other recreational activities
  • Limited face-to-face classes
  • Dining in restaurants
  • Personal care services, like salons and spas
  • Some contact sports
  • Some funfairs and amusement parks

And since the implementation of Alert Level 2 remained in effect through most of November and December, many Filipinos took the time to buy gifts, attend parties with loved ones, and visit places they previously couldn’t.

Due to this increase in activity, health experts and government officials expected an increase in the number of cases after the holidays. However, they were also hopeful that the cases would drop eventually and that most of the cities would remain in Alert Level 2.

Metro Manila and Several Cities, Now Back To Alert Level 3

Due to the increased movement of people and decreased compliance to the minimum health and safety protocols, cases of COVID-19 in the country increased exponentially. This surge and the identified local transmission of the Omicron variant prompted the authorities to place Metro Manila and other cities back to Alert Level 3.

Under Level 3, the following activities are NOT permitted:

  • Face-to-face classes unless otherwise already permitted by authorities
  • Some contact sports
  • Funfairs and carnivals and kid amusement activities
  • Venues with live performances
  • Casinos and some activities involving betting
  • Gatherings in residences with people not belonging to the same household

Of course, some activities are still allowed but at a reduced capacity: 30% capacity for indoor activities for fully vaccinated people and 50% for outdoor activities. These include:

  • Some social events
  • Tourist attractions
  • Amusement parks
  • Some recreational venues, like internet cafes, bowling alleys, and arcades
  • Cinemas
  • In-person religious gatherings
  • Personal care establishments
  • Fitness studios

Intrazonal and interzonal travels are also allowed subject to policies released by the Local Government Units. Hence, some municipalities might only allow the movement of fully vaccinated travelers or require negative RT-PCR test results.

As of this writing, Metro Manila mayors have already restricted the movement of unvaccinated residents. They are no longer allowed in malls and public transportation at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services.

Authorities Call For Unity

Amidst the threat of another surge, government officials and health experts encourage the public to continue following the health and safety protocols. Of course, they also call for the unvaccinated individuals to get their shots as soon as possible. They also shortened the period required for booster shots. Instead of waiting for 6 months, people can now get their booster at least 3 months after their 2nd dose (at least 2 months for Janssen).

Should symptoms appear, people should isolate immediately and get tested for SARS-CoV-2. The same measures apply if there’s an exposure to a COVID-positive patient.

More on Health News here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

https://mirror.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2021/11nov/20211118-IATF-GUIDELINES-RRD.pdf, Accessed January 4, 2022

NCR reverted to Alert Level 3 on Jan. 3-15: Palace exec, https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1164240, Accessed January 4, 2022

WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2?, https://doh.gov.ph/node/33590, Accessed January 4, 2022

NCR eased to Alert Level 2 starting Nov. 5, https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1510629/ncr-eased-to-alert-level-2-starting-nov-5, Accessed January 4, 2022

A guide to the COVID-19 alert levels system, https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/09/15/2127295/guide-new-alert-levels-system-metro-manila, Accessed January 4, 2022

NCR mayors restrict mobility of unvaxxed persons, https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1164353, Accessed January 4, 2022

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated 3 weeks ago
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