MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force has approved the updated isolation and quarantine protocols for aviation personnel infected with COVID-19 and those exposed to positive cases, Malacañang said Friday.
In a press briefing, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that aviation personnel with a mild case of COVID-19 or are asymptomatic will now be required to isolate for five days, provided that they are fully vaccinated and received a booster shot against COVID-19.
Aviation personnel who were close contacts or exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases but do not manifest symptoms are not required to undergo quarantine, provided that they are fully vaccinated and received a booster shot.
Nograles also said that symptomatic close contacts of those who recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days need not undergo quarantine.
The updated isolation and quarantine protocols for the aviation sector include but not limited to airline personnel, ground handlers, maintenance providers, 3 airport security, air traffic controllers, airport workers and other aviation-related personnel.
“DOTr and its attached agencies shall identify the appropriate accountable group to make decisions for shortening isolation or quarantine based on evidence, similar to Hospital Infection Prevention and Control wherein infectious disease specialists, safety officers, and management deliberate, monitor, and act on all infection-related concerns of the health facility,” Nograles said.
The policy is contained under IATF Resolution No. 157 released by the Palace on Friday.
The resolution also mandates all aircrafts to “ensure appropriate ventilation and all aviation staff should wear appropriate personal protective equipment at all times.”
“DOTr shall monitor and evaluate the implementation of the aviation industry, and copy furnish reports to the DOH Epidemiology Bureau for assessment of COVID-19 cases, clusters, vaccination status, and the like,” it said.
“IATF retains the authority to revoke/modify the privilege provided to the aviation industry for shortened quarantine and isolation,” it added.