MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced Tuesday that the National Capital Region will be placed under Alert Level 4 beginning September 16, the start of the implementation of the new alert levels system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said that Metro Manila mayors have agreed to implement the said alert level as a whole.
Based on the IATF issued guidelines, areas under Alert Level 4 are those with COVID-19 case counts that are high or increasing, and the total bed capacity and ICU beds are at a high utilization rate.
Those who are not allowed outside their residences under Alert Level 4 are:
- persons below 18 years old,
- those who are over 65 years of age,
- those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, or other health risks; and
- pregnant women
The said individuals, however, will be allowed to go out to access or obtain essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries and offices.
Also, intrazonal and interzonal travel for persons not otherwise required to remain at their residences may be allowed subject to the reasonable regulations of the LGU of destination.
Individual outdoor exercises shall be allowed for all ages regardless of comorbidities or vaccination status but shall be limited within the general area of their residence, e.g. within the barangay, purok, subdivision, and/or village.
Outdoor or al fresco dine-in services in restaurants and eateries will operate at a maximum of 30% venue/seating capacity regardless of vaccination status.
Indoor dine-in services may be allowed at a limited 10% venue/seating capacity but will cater only to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor or alfresco capacity. Their workers must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Personal care services limited to barbershops, hair spas, nail spas, and beauty salons will be allowed at a maximum of 30% venue/seating capacity if such services are conducted outdoors regardless of vaccination status.
These establishments are also allowed to operate at a limited 10% indoor venue/seating capacity but may only cater to individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor capacities.
Government agencies will operate at least 20% capacity while applying work-from-home arrangements.
In-person religious gatherings shall be allowed at a maximum of 30% venue/seating capacity if conducted outdoors regardless of vaccination status.
These gatherings may be allowed at a limited 10% venue/seating capacity but may accommodate only individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to their allowed outdoor capacities.
Provided, that pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, or other religious ministers and the assistants of these religious congregations have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 shall be allowed, provided that the same shall be limited to immediate family members, upon satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased and with full compliance with the prescribed minimum public health standards.