The IATF authorizes outdoor activities for children aged 5 and over in the GCQ, MGCQ zones



Children can now go out to areas with low community quarantine classification as part of a new interagency working group for the management of emerging infectious diseases (IATF).

In a statement on Friday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the new IATF policy would apply to people aged five and over in areas subject to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) and a general community quarantine (GCQ), with the exception of those subject to increased restrictions.

The palace official said local government units (LGUs) would have the discretion to increase the age limit in their respective jurisdiction.

“Children should be supervised by adults and adhere to minimum public health standards, such as wearing face masks and social distancing,” Roque said.

He said children will be restricted to the following outdoor areas: parks, playgrounds, beaches, cycle and hiking trails, outdoor tourist sites and attractions as defined by the Tourism Ministry, outdoor sports grounds and venues without contact, and al- fresco dining establishments in the aforementioned areas.

Roque noted that children would still not be allowed in mixed-use indoor / outdoor buildings and facilities such as shopping malls and similar establishments.

As a reminder, the government has banned children from leaving their homes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.



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