IATF to allow partial opening of gyms, internet cafes, aesthetic services starting August 1

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2020   •   486

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the partial opening of more business establishments in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified (GCQ) starting August 1, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Wednesday.

According to IATF Resolution No. 59, establishments in GCQ areas that are offering aesthetic services, gyms, fitness centers and sports facilities, internet cafes, personal grooming, pet grooming, testing and tutorial centers as well as review centers and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to operate up to 30 percent of capacity.

The DTI, however, clarified that gyms with contact sports such as karate and boxing are not covered by the measure.

In areas under MGCQ, limited operations will be allowed for establishments offering full body massage, live events, entertainment industries, libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers, and tourist destinations, as well as driving, and dance/acting/voice schools.

The DTI said these businesses will be allowed to partially operate as long as mandatory health protocols, such as physical distancing and sanitation, are followed.

Meanwhile, Malacañang reiterated on Wednesday that President Rodrigo Duterte will make announcements this week about the new community quarantine classification that will be implemented in August.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the president is set to meet with the IATF on Thursday to discuss its recommendations.

Roque also said that aside from the new community quarantine restrictions, the public should also await the “major changes” that will be implemented in the government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Palace official earlier said that these changes, which will include massive testing, “invigorated” tracing, and creation of more quarantine facilities, will focus more on the policies to contain the public health crisis. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Facility-based isolation for asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 cases now mandatory

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is now requiring facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases through IATF Resolution 74.

The new policy however, exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities and their home meets the conditions specified in the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Joint Administrative Order 2020-0001. 

Likewise, another exception is when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

Cemeteries, columbariums, memorial parks nationwide to close from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 — IATF

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force has ordered the closure of all cemeteries , memorial parks and columbariums across the country from October 29 to November 4. 

In accordance with IATF Resolution 72, the said measure is to prevent massive gatherings that increase the risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission.

This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasizing that the order will cover the entire country. 

Nevertheless, the public will be allowed to carry out their visitations before and after the one week closure particularly from September 17 until November 15.

Also, venues will be limited only to 30 percent visitor capacity and each individual must observe standard health protocols such as wearing of face mask, face shield and maintaining proper social distance. 

Senior citizens and children, meanwhile, will be allowed to visit during the authorized date. 

“Hindi po mag-a-apply ang age restrictions sa mga bisita sa mga nasabing lugar (Age restrictions will not be applied during those days in the venues),” Roque said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

IATF approves partial lifting of inbound travel restrictions for returning residents of Region VI

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

Returning residents of Region VI can now return to their hometowns after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the partial lifting restrictions on inbound travel in the region.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Region VI can finally come home.

“Mabuting balita po doon sa mga locally stranded na mga indibidwal galing po sa Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Antique at Iloilo City, na-lift na po ang moratorium sa pag-uuwi ng mga mamamayan na taga-rito. Puwede na po kayo muling umuwi,” he said.

The IATF issued resolution no. 71 lifting the temporary suspension of inbound travel of returning residents.

This was after local government units requested a moratorium on inbound travel of locally stranded individuals in Region IV, Iligan, and Lanao del Sur from September 7 to 21. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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